is to provide quality, compassionate health care in a dignified environment while also addressing the root causes of illness, poverty, violence, and neglect.
Village Health Works brings hope to Burundi through a holistic model. In partnership with community members, we focus first on treating and preventing illness through primary health care services. We then integrate education, sustainable agriculture, and economic development programs.
Our campus in Kigutu - the heart of our operations - is home to a primary health care clinic, pre-school, and demonstration gardens, and through outreach we provide services throughout 18 surrounding communities. Our comprehensive programs serve more than 200,000 men, women and children.
Burundi's health care statistics are staggering - A Burundian woman has a 1 in 23 lifetime risk of dying in childbirth; and 54 out of 1,000 babies will die before they reach their first birthday.
There is great opportunity for impact in Burundi and Village Health Works is uniquely positioned to act.
Our cornerstone program in Kigutu is a comprehensive community health clinic. The services we provide include primary care, maternal and child health, mental health, the prevention and treatment of HIV, TB, malaria and other infectious diseases, and a growing non-communicable disease program. Our clinic has responded to local needs over time and now includes four inpatient wards, including one dedicated primarily to severe pediatric malnutrition.
High-quality education is the foundation to improve people's lives and alleviate poverty. Through our education program, we strengthen young people's access to pre-primary and primary education, develop teachers’ skills through a training program in coordination with area schools, and empower parents to take an active role in their children’s education and academic success.