Call to Action & VISION
Call to action
After slightly over a decade of work, we have made substantial progress on our ambitious goal to provide access to dignified health care to those that live in our catchment area and the surrounding region. However, our current clinic simply does not have the proper facilities to perform surgeries – most critically, cesarean sections – and so reduce the many preventable deaths that occur during childbirth and in situations where acute surgical care is imperative. There is no question about the need for a properly equipped hospital in our neck of the woods. In Burundi 1 out of every 23 women will die in childbirth, patients with surgical needs have very limited options, and doctors are forced to decide whether patients should share beds or be turned away because adequate care is not available. In comparison to the global average of 1 physician per 714 people, Burundi has only 1 physician per 20,865 people (50 times less than the ratio in the United States) and 1 midwife per 45,723 people. These national-level statistics understate the problem for the rural areas where Village Health Works provides services. Bujumbura, the largest city in Burundi, houses a mere 4% of Burundi’s population, yet 70% of the nation’s doctors.
The Kigutu Hospital and Women’s Health Pavilion (WHP) will help to address these problems. The WHP will bring acute surgical care to one of the most resource-deprived regions in the world, allowing our staff to perform a life-saving C-Sections, as well as assist patients with life-threatening conditions from physical trauma. And, as a training hospital, the WHP will also help educate and employ Burundi’s next generation of medical professionals, who will provide desperately needed care for decades to come.
Services and Facilities
85,000 square feet
Emergency obstetrical care and neonatal intensive care
8 private delivery rooms
4 operating rooms
2,500 surgeries (450 C-Sections) and 2,000 births per year (projected)
Pediatric and adult internal medicine wards
24-hour emergency room
Radiology and Ultrasound
Blood bank and transfusion center
Solar roof for sustainable, clean, and reliable energy
Staff Highlight: Tarek Meguid
Dr. Tarek Meguid joined Village Health Works in 2018 as Country Director and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Meguid, a consultant Obstetrician and gynaecologist, brings more than two decades of experience working in hospitals in Malawi, Namibia, and Tanzania. Dr. Meguid holds an MD from Maastricht University, the Netherlands; an MPhil in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Cape Town, South Africa; a DTM&H from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; an LL.B. from Nottingham Trent University; and a MSt in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University. In his role as Country Director and CMO, Dr. Meguid is charged with overseeing the final phase of construction of the Kigutu Hospital and Women’s Health Pavilion, hiring the clinical and support staff for the hospital, and writing the clinical guidelines for the hospital’s operations.
Constantly Growing and Impacting
Provide training and education for the next generation of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals while creating a platform for collaboration with other centers of care.
Provide ongoing professional skills training for local and nationwide healthcare professionals
Create local jobs for over 213 health staff and provide invaluable training, education, and continual professional development for doctors and other medical professionals
87 Clinical (15 physicians and 72 nurses)
100 Ancillary Services
Progress to Date
Expanding on Clinical Care
Since its inception, Village Health Works has operated a clinic. But we’ve always thought more was necessary, and we began to dream up our modern, state-of-the-art Hospital, specialized for maternal care.
Since beginning construction of the hospital, we have continually taken strides towards achieving our goal, and the hospital is set to open in mid-2020.