HealthNet TPO started its operations in Burundi in 2000 when we focused on the development and implementation of a community based mental health and psychosocial support service package for people affected by conflict, child soldiers, refugees and survivors of sexual and gender based violence. More than 20 years later, we continue to strengthen the Burundian health system, so that it can meet the specific health and psychosocial needs of the Burundian population.
Almost 65% of the population in Burundi lives in poverty and 72% earn less than 1.90 USD per day.
The country has experienced violent conflicts, civil unrest and natural disasters slowing its social and economic growth. Lack of access to education and existence of harmful cultural practices have led to inequality between men and women and sexual and gender-based violence has become entrenched into society.
Burundi has poor health related indicators mainly due to lack of social and financial protection mechanisms and lack of sufficient investment in the health sector; there are only 16 hospital beds and 1 physician per 20,000 people.