Tanzamia is hosting over 110,000 Burundians within two camps, Nyarugusu and Nduta, and more refugees are arriving in their hundreds every day. Many people are still living in overcrowded mass shelters months after their arrival, where wet floors and cramped conditions mean that the risk of respiratory infections and waterborne diseases is high. If arrival numbers spike in the coming weeks and the current lack of funding continues, the crisis will only get worse.
Jane Foster, Oxfam's Country Director in Tanzania, said: "Nyarugusu camp is already the third largest refugee camp in the world, and Nduta is growing by the day, yet the situation for Burundians in Tanzania is struggling for attention and adequate funding."
Oxfam is responding in Kagunga and Nyarugusu refugee camp, working with local partners TWESA to provide enough clean water for all, as well as building more toilets and carrying out hygiene education among the refugee community to reduce the risk of the spread of disease. Cholera has been confirmed in both locations, with over 200 cholera cases in one camp, so educating people about how the disease is transmitted, and how to avoid this, is critical.