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Burundi

MSF continued to provide high-quality care, free of charge, to victims of trauma in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura.

KEY FIGURES

15,800

outpatient consultations

3,200

surgical interventions

350

patients treated for cholera

L’Arche Kigobe, a private facility, is one of two hospitals providing care for victims of trauma in Bujumbura, where rife political tensions and economic difficulties heavily impacted the local population. MSF started activities in the clinic in 2015 during the riots that occurred around the time of the presidential elections. In 2016, MSF increased L’Arche’s capacity from 43 to 75 beds, and expanded care to treat all victims of trauma.

In 2016, teams treated 4,839 patients in the emergency department, admitted 1,801 to hospital and performed some 3,184 surgical interventions. Specialised physiotherapists provided 11,237 sessions for patients recovering from surgery. In addition, 1,160 patients received psychological support.

Cholera interventions

MSF responded to two cholera alerts during the peak season (between August and November). In PRC hospital in Bujumbura, a team set up a cholera treatment centre (CTC) and supported the management of 57 patients. MSF also set up two CTCs in Kabezi and Ruziba and treated a total of 295 patients. To prevent the spread of the disease, teams disinfected 2,832 households and provided equipment so families could treat their drinking water.

 

No. staff in 2016: 296 | Expenditure: €6.4 million | Year MSF first worked in the country: 1992 | msf.org/burundi