Village Health Works, Bujumbura, Burundi

Founded by a local man, Village Health Works’ mission is to provide quality, compassionate healthcare while treating the social determinants of illness, disease, violence and neglect in collaboration with the local community. Its priorities include nutrition, women and children’s health, and the treatment and prevention of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
 

Located in Bujumbura, Burundi, VHW runs a clinic, a teaching farm (for agricultural training to address the root causes of malnutrition), a community centre, and is building a 50-bed hospital for women.
 
Furthermore, trained community health workers identify people and families in the catchment area who are most in need of medical aid. They visit patients at home to provide medical and social assistance, and inform VHW medical staff about local social needs and pertinent economic conditions.
 
In addition to providing medical assistance, VHW prevents the spread of disease by running a food security programme, a community development programme, and an education initiative. 
 
At the community centre, VHW hosts community meetings, classes and after school programmes, community engagement events, and trains Community Health Workers. The facility is also used for teaching nutrition and other basic health issues, and providing continuing education for both clinical and non-clinical staff.
 
In their first 4 years of operating, VHW saw more than 50,000 patients. 
 
Please see their website for more information: www.villagehealthworks.org