Burundi

Population: 10.9 million (mid-2013)1
GDP per capita (PPP International $): $6102
Total expenditure on health per capita: (PPP int. $): 522

Burundi (officially the Republic of Burundi) is a small landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Bujumbura, the nation’s capital, is located in the west, on Lake Tanganyika.

Implementing Partner in-Country:

Ministry of Health and Fight Against AIDS – Burundi (le Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Lutte contre le Sida)
Health Center of Musaga

Life for a Child Support

Commenced 2012.

Life for a Child has been in contact with Burundian public health officials since October 2009, but it wasn’t until late December 2011, following the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai, that regular communication was established. Support was requested for 75 children/youth with diabetes, aged 10- 18 years, living in or close to the capital Bujumbura, where the Ministry of Health sought to develop a dedicated diabetes centre addressing clinical and treatment needs plus health professional training.

LFAC commenced support in 2012 and have supplied insulin, self blood glucose monitoring equipment (meters, strips, lancets), and diabetes education materials for children and doctors in English and French. Funds for local purchase of a dedicated insulin fridge have also been provided.

Sources:

1. www.prb.org/publications (Population Reference Bureau)
2. http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.country (World Health Organisation)