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Why are we There?

  • Endemic/epidemic disease
  • Social violence/healthcare exclusion
  • Natural disaster

Our Work


  • Women with obstetric complications in Kabezi had little access to appropriate healthcare until Médecins Sans Frontières launched an emergency programme, the Centre for Obstetric Emergencies (CURGO), in 2006.
  • Referrals and ambulances were also provided so that women from 24 health centres were able to reach the CURGO.
  • The team trained and coached Burundian medical staff, and handed the programme over to local authorities in 2013.


Providing fistula Care 

  • A Médecins Sans Frontières team continued to provide obstetric fistula treatment at Urumuri health centre in Gitega, alongside health promotion, staff training and case-finding activities.
  • The project will be handed over to the Ministry of Health at the end of September 2015. The remaining cases will be managed by the Ministry of Health, as Médecins Sans Frontières has trained three Burundian doctors in fistula surgery.



  • In 2013, MSF staff at the Kirundo malaria project continued to support 44 health centres and two hospitals with diagnosis and treatment of severe malaria. 


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Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in the country since 1992 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 122 staff in Burundi.