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Building a center of excellence

Our goal is to demonstrate a sustainable model of multi-sector development that can be replicated in any community. We intend to build a first-class teaching hospital and secondary school on our campus in order to improve access to health care and education, and to underscore the close relationships between physical health, academic success, and sustainable prosperity. 

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Kigutu Hospital, Women's Health Pavilion

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Improving maternal and child health


Over the next three years, we will build the Kigutu Hospital, Women's Health Pavilion (WHP), a state-of-the art hospital to meet the specific health needs of women and children. The Kigutu Hospital, WHP will provide safe delivery services, emergency obstetric care, vital neonatal care, and the capacity to develop comprehensive surgical services.

The Kigutu Hospital, Women's Health Pavilion will include:

The Women's Health Pavilion Saving Women's Lives

  • General and specialized surgery capability  
  • 4 operating rooms
  • 120 inpatient beds     
  • Emergency obstetric and neonatal care

Why Invest in the Kigutu Hospital, Women's Health Pavilion?

The Kigutu Hospital, Women's Health Pavilion will:

  • Save lives and reduce needless suffering.

  • Build a health care model for the country and region, raising expectations of what is possible.
  • Provide an excellent practice and training environment for Burundian clinicians, teachers, researchers, and leaders, retaining this talent in-country.

Needs Assessment

Click HERE to download and learn more about the Kigutu Hospital, Women's Health Pavilion needs assessment.

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Laying the ground work

Since 2007, Village Health Works has built an impressive amount of basic infrastructure. We installed the first electricity supply by adding a small solar field, brought in drinking water with the addition of large water tanks, and built roads, drainage, and a basic waste management system. These systems serve our 40-bed clinical facility and staff residences while benefitting the nearby community.

Future projects:

  • Wastewater treatment plant

  • Biogas recovery system

  • Paved roads throughout campus

Completed and underway projects:

  • Micro-hydroelectric plant 

  • 5 multi-family duplexes for staff and visitors

  • Campus roads and masonry 

  • Medical supplies warehouse

  • Water tanks




Village Health Works believes in the importance of education for improving health outcomes and ensuring sustainable development. 

In the coming years, we aspire to create the Kigutu Academy, a model teaching institution for grades 7-12.  The Academy will attract students from throughout Burundi and provide the highest quality secondary education and university preparation, as well as provide graduate education opportunities through the on-site Kigutu Teacher Training Institute.