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Merankabandi (Social Safety Net) Project

Merankabandi increases access to quality maternal and child health services in Burundi’s Karusi, Ruyigi, Gitega, and Kirundo provinces. The project supports the Government of Burundi to increase social security coverage to meet the needs of marginalized communities and households. Pathfinder promotes the adoption of healthy behaviors around family planning, early childhood development, nutrition, financial education, and maternal and child health.

Project Date: 2020 - 2022
Funder: The World Bank (through the Government of Burundi and UNICEF)
Country: Burundi
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Burundi has a population of about 12 million people.

The World Bank, 2020

23% of married women are using modern contraceptives.

The World Bank, 2016-2017

Women in Burundi have an average of 5.5 children.

DHS, 2016-2017

56% of children under five in Burundi have chronic malnutrition.

DHS, 2016-2017

What We Do

  • Empower and mobilize local communities and households to adopt healthy behaviors.
  • Raise awareness about family planning, maternal and child health, early childhood development, income-generating activities, financial education at the community level.
  • Engage men and boys to adopt positive attitudes and behaviors toward family planning, gender-based violence prevention, and women’s rights.
  • Advocate for the socio-economic wellbeing of households in rural areas.
  • Engage the local media and radio stations to broadcast information about healthy behaviors and essential health information and services.

Project Staff Members

Dr. Irénée Ndabagiye

Country Director

Dr. Irénée Ndabagiye MD, MPH is Pathfinder Burundi ’s Country Director. Dr. Ndabagiye grew in Burundi health system where he developed a deep experience in public health and family planning. He...

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