In general healthcare services in Burundi, a small country with about 10 million inhabitants, are of bad quality and restricted by the lack of doctors in rural areas, by the weak technical capacities and the lack of medical equipment.
Most of Burundian doctors prefer to work in a foreign country, where salaries are much higher and the politics are stable.
Every year almost 4000 women die during delivery and around 750 women get injured with a fistula as a result of a delivery. Next to maternal mortality, also the mortality of children under 5 years is amongst the highest in the world mainly due to malaria, malnutrition and diarheal infections.
MSF runs a maternity hospital in Kabezi, a small town about 30 minutes drive from the capital Bujumbura.