Burundi is a country where access to health care is a real challenge. It becomes even more difficult when it comes to mental health care. Traditionally, Burundians have superstitious beliefs about mental health, and they associate the illnesses with demonic posession. When someone suffers from that type illness, he is considered to be in an irreversible situation and is out casted of his community. The only mental health center of the country is in Bujumbura, and most patients can't access that center due lack of means of transporation.
Village Health Works is now also providing appropriate care to those forgotten patients who do not have anyone to rely on. With free medication, home visits, and psychosocial support Village Health Works works towards reducing the stigma. Mental patients are like all patients: they need appropriate health care and support to overcome their illness.
"Thank You Village Health Works for bringing support and knowledge around mental health in order to reduce the stigma."