BUJUMBURA March 14th (ABP) – The Minister of Public Health and the Fight Against AIDS, Dr. Thadée Ndikumana, opened in Bujumbura on March 12, 2019, an international workshop for immunization data, documentary data review and peer review monitoring of  Joint Reporting Form (JRF), Government-WHO-UNICEF.

Twelve African countries participated in the workshop, including Burundi, Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Comoros, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and Cape Verde.

The public health Minister indicated in his speech that the organization of the workshop offers an ideal framework of exchange of experiences which will help those countries improve the performances of the vaccination activities through the improvement of the Information products required of 2018 program performances. That workshop will also build capacity of participants to measure performance and make a documentary review of the data, Minister Ndikumana said.

The conclusions from that joint reporting process will not only improve the quality of immunization data, but also encourage all health stakeholders to integrate improved monitoring of activities at all levels, he continued to say.

Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo, Head of Mission and WHO Representative in Burundi, noted that since 2012, the World Assembly has adopted the Global Immunization Plan and that subsequently a mechanism and a monitoring and evaluation framework for its implementation have been set up. That mechanism is largely based on the data generated during the workshop and thus involves actors working at the national, regional and global levels, he added.

The JRF is one of the most available tools for measuring progress in each country. The JRF takes stock of the results achieved in the previous year, and each country submits it to WHO and UNICEF in April, by the 15th. Mr. Mulombo also reported that the Central Africa Region to which Burundi belongs has made progress in recent years in the completeness and submission of those reports. However, he continued to say, although the quality of these reports has improved over the years, there are still opportunities for refinement and improvement in the completion of this framework.

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BUBANZA March 13th (ABP) – The natives and friends of Bubanza province (north-west) met in Muzinda, Rugazi commune, on Saturday March 9, under the chairmanship of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Pascal Nyabenda (native of that province), to discuss the achievements of 2018, the outlook for 2019 and the establishment of the association of natives, a check by ABP revealed. Among the 2018 achievements, the governor of Bubanza province, Mr. Nobus Thérence Butoyi, spoke among others about the construction of the modern stadium (in progress), markets in the communes, rice storage sheds, bridges, youth centers, schools and playgrounds. He also spoke about the rehabilitation of the tracks, the electrification, the distribution of the selected seeds and the small cattle, the reforestation as part of the “Ewe Burundi urambaye” program, the drinking water supply, the financial support of cooperatives to people, nursery development and school equipment. Concerning this year 2019, Governor Butoyi indicates that the province plans to focus efforts in the education sector to increase the success rate and quality of education. The same province is also planning urbanization, strengthening hygiene and improving housing at the trading centers, at the provincial headquarters, in Gihanga, in Musenyi and Muzinda. Other projects include the continuation of reforestation under the “Ewe Burundi urambaye” national program, support in the distribution of subsidized chemical fertilizers and close monitoring of the palm plantation which tends to replace food crops, he continues to say. The natives of that province have set up an association known as the “Association for the Development of Bubanza Province (ADEBU)”, with the Minister of Hydraulics, the Energy and Mines, Mr. Côme Manirakiza, as Leader. The latter promises to give his all for the huge contribution of the association in the development of the province and asks the natives to support the association in expertise. As for the Speaker of the National Assembly and native of the Bubanza province, Mr. Pascal Nyabenda, he invited the natives and friends of the province to overcome all that differentiates them to appropriate the development of the province.

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