Why are we there?
- Endemic/epidemic disease
- Social violence/healthcare exclusion
- Natural disaster
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:
MSF teams in Burundi focused mainly on maternal health in 2012, trying to make up for gaps in service that can be fatal.
Staff in Kabezi, in Bujumbura Rural province, run the Centre for Obstetric Emergencies, which provides free 24-hour care. On average, 250 women were admitted each month, and three ambulances transported women in need from 24 health centers. Data showed that combining a referral system with emergency obstetric services helped reduce maternal deaths in Kabezi by 74 percent.
Additionally, MSF offers fistula repair surgery at the Urumuri health center in Gitega, along with physiotherapy and psychosocial support, and works to raise awareness of the condition through medical staff training and a telephone information line, among other measures.
In response to the country’s high malaria burden—the disease causes more than a third of deaths in children under the age of five—MSF opened a severe malaria program in Kirundo province.
At the end of 2012, MSF had 282 staff in Burundi. MSF has been working in the country since 1992.