Burundi

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In 2007, Pathfinder began its partnership with the Burundian government. Our aim: to strengthen the health system, so it can better serve the country’s women, men, and young people, many of whom were internally displaced after the decade-long civil war.

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Steady progress has been made. The percent of deliveries attended by a skilled health professional has increased. Trainings, medical equipment, and renovations, have reinforced the foundation for improved service delivery.

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Still, challenges remain. Women who live in rural areas lack access to quality services, leading to high maternal and child mortality rates. And, across Burundi’s mountainous landscape, a sizeable population of refugees goes without health care.

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So Pathfinder is working to reach them. In collaboration with our in-country partners, we are expanding access to critical services, including integrated family planning; HIV testing, care, and treatment; and nutrition.

Photo by Sala Lewis

Here, project staff lead community members in a discussion about a wide-array of health practices, Including nutrition, malaria prevention, and family planning.

Here, Dawn Liberi, the US Ambassador to Burundi, and Burundi's Minister of Public Health celebrate the launch of Maternal and Child Health Week with government and hospital officials at Gashoho Hospital.

Pathfinder International in Burundi works on a range of health issues—from malaria to child nutrition to health systems strengthening—with special focus on improving the quality of family planning and maternal and child health services.

Years of conflict and endemic poverty in Burundi have resulted in a fragile health system with limited reach throughout the country. In rural areas, lack of services perpetuates high maternal and child mortality rates as Burundians struggle with health challenges such as malaria and malnutrition. Aggravating these problems is the frequently poor quality of services available in facilities that are poorly equipped and understaffed. The government has adopted a national, comprehensive strategy to integrate management of child illnesses with other key concerns such as poor rates of immunization, antenatal care, and assisted births. However, continued poor quality of services available in facilities that are poorly equipped and understaffed has limited the success of the strategy.

Since 2007, Pathfinder has been working with the Burundian government to improve the quality of maternal and child health services by creating demand for maternal child health services and by building the capacity of the health system to effectively deliver quality services to meet the demand.

In Burundi, deliveries attended by a skilled health professional have increased from 41% to 52% between 2008 and 2010.

Of particular importance for Pathfinder’s work in Burundi is service integration. Pathfinder Burundi’s overarching strategy to improve integration of health services is defined by two guiding principles: Support the health system decentralization efforts by ensuring that the health districts are functional and ensuring communities are involved in the management of the health system; and support the health system’s capacity to make information quickly shareable to ensure that it is responsive to governmental, implementer, and the public’s needs.

Pathfinder Burundi achieves these principles by assisting in the reform of the health sector. Pathfinder supports the Ministry of Health in seeing that the necessary physical infrastructure of health district offices and hospitals is in place. Quality of care is not only dependent on facilities but the people that operate them, so we also help recruit and train technical staff at the districts levels.

Noteworthy improvements to Burundian healthcare to which Pathfinder has made a leading contribution include:

  • 17 health facilities with all the 25 performance-based financing (PBF) monitoring indicators showed a difference of less than 5% between verified and reported data
  • 926,055 long lasting insecticide-treated nets were distributed with Pathfinder's Maternal and Child Health Program support
  • 58,710 children received all vaccines required within 1 year

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Pathfinder Burundi works on a range of health issues—from malaria to child nutrition to health systems strengthening—with special focus on improving the quality of maternal and child health services. Your gift of $25 or $50 is critical to ensuring our work can continue.

Our Projects

IHPB

Integrated Health Project in Burundi

Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Gender Maternal & Newborn Health Contraception & Family Planning

Pathfinder’s five-year Integrated Health Project brings together the successes of previous Pathfinder-led maternal and child health, and performance-based financing projects, and a large HIV care and treatment project.

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Evidence to Action for Strengthened Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls (E2A)

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda
Systems Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Gender Behavior Change Contraception & Family Planning

The Evidence to Action Project (E2A) is USAID’s global flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery.

Related Publications

December 2014

Change Starts Here: Pathfinder International 2014 Annual Report

We believe change starts with expertly trained providers and pharmacies that never run out of supplies. It starts with open conversations among women, young people, men, religious leaders, mothers-in-law, policymakers, and others, joining to discuss their beliefs and remove barriers to their health and well-being. Our 2014 Annual Report shows a few highlights of how Pathfinder has served as a catalyst for change over the past year.

March 2014

TRAIL Behavior Change Intervention Videos (Multiple Languages)

A TRAIL intervention in Burundi focused on three behavioral objectives; for each objective a video was produced using information from Pathways to Change to illustrate the problems associated with the objective.

Food for Thought
March 2014

Food for Thought

A TRAIL intervention in Burundi focused on three behavioral objectives; for each objective a video was produced using information from Pathways to Change to illustrate the problems associated with the objective.

Janet's Choice
March 2014

Janet's Choice

A TRAIL intervention in Burundi focused on three behavioral objectives; for each objective a video was produced using information from Pathways to Change to illustrate the problems associated with the objective.

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