UNICEF: Nearly half of the population in Burundi lack access to safe drinking water
Safe and readily available water is important for public health, whether it is used for drinking, domestic use, food production or recreational purposes.
Poor access to clean water also undermines their development, predominantly girls who frequently miss out on education as they cover long distances to fetch clean water.
Regional issues: Cholera outbreaks caused by contaminated drinking water occur in many areas of Burundi.
A lack of access to clean water in the area means many of the children are affected by diarrheal and skin diseases.
With cholera endemic in many parts of Burundi, particularly those bordering Lake Tanganyika, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania, UNICEF is constantly working to change the scenario.
How UNICEF is helping: Hydraulic engineers working with UNICEF are helping to build systems that bring safe water to families and schools.
By finding water sources, studying flows, and building water points, UNICEF and its partners are responding to the needs of local residents.
UNICEF and its partners are working to improve access to safe water for communities, such as in Mukerezi-Mpakaniro hill, where a rainwater tank was built.
A recently inaugurated project in Muhuta hill is bringing clean water to students like Adrien, 6.