New York/Bujumbura, May 6, 2004 - One million people in Burundi are excluded from even the most basic healthcare and two-thirds of the population have to resort to extreme measures like forced labor or selling their meager belongings for treatment, according to a new report from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). This situation is not linked to Burundi's ongoing war, but rather is a direct consequence of a new healthcare financing system.
MSF Forced to Suspend Operations Despite Enormous Needs in Makamba
Bujumbura/Paris, April 28, 2003 â€” On April 25, a team from the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) working in Makamba province in southern Burundi was forced to suspend its activities although insecurity makes MSF's presence in the region critical for the civilian population.
Brussels/New York, November 18, 1999 — Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today announced that it is suspending its intervention in the regroupment camps of the province of Bujumbura Rural, Burundi, due to poor conditions in the camps and inaccessibility to aid workers. About 300,000 people, or two-thirds of the province’s population, are living in 50 camp sites. They were regrouped by Burundian authorities as insecurity has increased in and around Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.
Brussels/New York, January 7, 1998 — Early yesterday morning, the village of Maramvya, north of Bujumbura, Burundi, came under attack. Health and feeding centers were attacked and partly damaged, and more than 15,000 people fled toward Kinama in Bujumbura, and then to Mubone. There were already 3,000 displaced persons from Rukaramu taking shelter in Maramvya following a recent attack on their own village.