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Burundi

One of most underdeveloped countries in the world, Burundi has an impoverished rural population and with limited access to maternal healthcare.

Why We Work in Burundi

Fistula Foundation is not currently working in Burundi.

Like many of the countries where we work, Burundi is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world according to the United Nations Human Development Index. Although not as well known as the genocide that took place in neighboring Rwanda, Burundi underwent a civil war from 1993-2005 that killed 200,000 members of its population. This continues to have a significant effect on the country’s development.

Risk factors for obstetric fistula are prevalent in Burundi. It has an impoverished rural population and access to maternal healthcare is limited. Early marriage is common and the fertility rate is one of the highest in the world. In addition, according to a 2006 survey by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), traditionally-held beliefs can also contribute: some Burundians believe a ‘real’ woman should be able to deliver on her own without any skilled personnel to assist.

What You Help Us Do

We made the following investments to build Burundi’s in-country medical services and provide life-transforming surgery to as many women as possible:

Meet Our Partners

Fistula Foundation has previously worked with Gihofi Hospital in Burundi. We are currently not funding any projects in the country.

What projects did we fund in the past?

Gihofi Hospital

Providing competency-based surgeon training in fistula identification and treatment is a top priority of this project. International experts will train new surgeons in Burundi based on the standardized fistula manual recently developed by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). This increase in the number of qualified fistula surgeons in Burundi, along with provision of necessary medical supplies and equipment, will result in women having greater access to fistula care services.

How much funding have we granted?

Gihofi Hospital

  • $166,000 in FY2014

News from the Field

Meet Siana from Burundi  •  August 05, 2015
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Siana developed an obstetric fistula after going through a difficult pregnancy at just 14. Siana's grandmother, who was beside her as she went into labor, was originally reluctant to let...
Siana developed an obstetric fistula after going through a difficult pregnancy at just 14. Siana's grandmother, who was beside her as she went into labor, was originally reluctant to let her give birth in a hospital. After complications arose, however, it became apparent that she needed to go to a health facility. Unfortunately it was too late: the baby was a stillborn.
Dispatches from the Field  •  November 26, 2014
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This September, Fistula Foundation Director of Marketing and Development Joop Rubens and Board member Dr. Larry William traveled to Central and East Africa to visit several of our partner sites....
This September, Fistula Foundation Director of Marketing and Development Joop Rubens and Board member Dr. Larry William traveled to Central and East Africa to visit several of our partner sites. They began their journey at one of our longest-term partners, Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, before moving on to Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda. Read about highlights from their trip below.

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