Introducing Integrated Mobile Teams to Burundi: Technical Update
Since 2005, Burundi has shifted from a period of ethnic violence to a politically stabilized, post-conflict context. Bordering Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the country's mountainous landscape is now home to Congolese refugees, returned refugees, and a sizeable population of internally displaced persons. Recognizing the need for integrated packages of basic health services capable of reaching these populations and responding to their expressed needs, in 2011 Pathfinder-Burundi began an innovative service delivery approach. Leveraging its internal expertise and resources, Pathfinder and its partners have introduced integrated mobile teams (IMT) to Burundi. As a mobile platform for delivery of an integrated package of essential health services, IMTs are a "one-stop-shop" ensuring access for these hard-to-reach and underserved populations who otherwise have limited health care options. This update describes the development of the intervention to date.
Bussi Island is located in the Wakiso district, which suffers a deforestation rate of 86.7 percent. To promote hassle-free cooking and a healthy environment for women in their homes, the Health of People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin project introduced two types of energy-efficient smokeless stoves.
Model households are a key aspect of the Health of People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin, an integrated Population, Health, and Environment project with sites in Kenya and Uganda.