*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Dr David Walton, U.S Global Malaria Coordinator, visits Burundi    

Bujumbura, Burundi – February 8, 2024: The US Embassy Bujumbura is pleased to announce the visit of Dr. David Walton, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, to Burundi.

Malaria poses a significant public health challenge in Burundi, with an incidence rate of 537 per 1,000 inhabitants in 2023. Globally, the United States fights malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), aiming to accelerate malaria eradication.

In April 2023, Burundi became a PMI partner country, joining Gambia and Togo among the 24 existing partner countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since 2010, the United States, through USAID, has invested $127 million in malaria control in Burundi, focusing on vector control, prevention, case management, social behavior change, and commodity procurement.

With Burundi’s designation as a PMI Partner Country, interventions against malaria will significantly expand, with the budget increasing from $8 million to $15 million in fiscal year 2023.

The United States Embassy, through USAID, takes pride in supporting Burundi’s fight against malaria and remains committed to fostering partnerships that enhance community well-being.

During his visit, Dr. Walton will engage with government leaders, public health professionals, and visit various health initiatives combating malaria located in Bujumbura and Gitega. 

For further inquiries or information, please contact Karin Ehlert, Public Affairs Officer at ehlertkm@state.gov