Burundi’s health sector is improving with key players in the provision of health services being government, private sector, private health practitioners and traditional herbalists
Characteristics of the sector
- The population’s ability to purchase medicines and health supplies has generally improved over the recent past.
- In Burundi, medicines are supplied through both the public and the private sectors
- Doctor-to-patient ratio is low in Burundi (1 doctor per 34 744 inhabitants )
- The sector is suffering from inadequate infrastructure
- Burundi has scored some success in the fight against HIV/AID
The Government of Burundi’s health goals
- Reduce maternal and neonatal mortality
- Reduce infant and child mortality
- Reduce mortality from communicable diseases
- Strengthen the health system and meet MDG goals 4, 5, and 6 respectively related to reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and combating infectious diseases.
Geographical access to health centers
There is poor geographical access to health centers as mountainous terrain of some areas in Burundi makes it difficult for people to access health facilities physically.
Challenges in health sector Burundi
- Lack of primary health package and adequate reference care in hospitals.
- Limited access to and use of health care services.
- Financial constraints limit access for the poorest section of the people to health services
- Deficiencies of the health system parallel the critical shortage of qualified staff
- Inadequate logistics
- Insufficient public funding
- Insufficient qualified personnel
- Lack of a vital registration system that captures, in a sustained and robust manner, population-level data on maternal mortality and trends