In response to the crisis facing Burundian health care, VHW is building an 85,000 square foot, 150-bed teaching hospital with 5 core services: -Maternity/Obstetrics - Prenatal and Postnatal Ward -Pediatrics - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Nursery, General and Malnutrition Wards -Surgery - Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and Post-operative Ward -Internal Medicine - Men's and Women's Wards -Emergency - 24 Hour Triage and Emergency Room
Burundi is one of the poorest and most neglected countries in the world and today 80% or the population lives on under $1 a day. Hunger and poverty are exacerbated by a dearth of quality medical care, most acutely felt by Burundian women and children. One in 23 women in Burundi will die during pregnancy or childbirth in their lifetime. It is a country that has faced years of setbacks, brutal colonization, genocide, and political instability.
Today, Village Health Works is building a 150-bed state-of-the-art teaching hospital on a mountain that just ten years ago was war-ravaged and barren. The Kigutu Hospital, Women's Health Pavilion will provide essential and emergency obstetrics and surgical care, with a special focus on the health needs of women and children.
At a fraction of the cost of a similar facility in the United States, the Kigutu Hospital, Women's Health Pavilion will save lives and reduce needless suffering. The hospital will serve as a health care model for the region and the country, illustrating both what can be accomplished and how to get it done. It will act as a training ground for clinicians, teachers, researchers, and leaders, serving as a platform to train and retain the country's medical workforce.