Op 29 juli 2021 vertegenwoordigde Sanne De Mayer, Eerste Secretaris Adjunct-Hoofd Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, de Belgische ambassade in Burundi voor een officieel bezoek aan onze lokale activiteiten. Zij was in de aanwezigheid van de provinciale arts Dr. Eric Nkuzimana, van onze medisch adviseur Dr. Marcellin Kash Karubara en van Memisa coördinator, Dr. Edouard Nkurunziza.
Zo kreeg Sanne De Mayer de mogelijkheid om de duurzame veranderingen in kennisdeling en capaciteitsopbouw van gezondheidsstructuren te beoordelen in het kader van ons DGD 2017-2021-programma in samenwerking met Memisa.

Sanne De Mayer, Eerste Secretaris Adjunct-Hoofd Ontwikkelingssamenwerking van de Belgische ambassade in Burundi was bijzonder positief over de impact van onze werking, na haar bezoek aan onze lokale activiteiten:

De financiering door België heeft het onder meer mogelijk gemaakt om het leiderschap van de lokale gemeenschap te versterken, de medisch-technische capaciteiten van de zorgverleners te verbeteren en de mutualiteiten te ondersteunen. Het aantal directe begunstigden van de interventies die Memisa en Artsen Zonder Vakantie sinds 2017 in zes provincies in Burundi hebben uitgevoerd, bedraagt 330 mensen, hun steun bereikt indirect bijna 3 miljoen inwoners.

Since 2017, Médecins Sans Frontières and Memisa have been working together on a joint program in Africa, co-financed by DGD (Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid) with the ambition to make an active contribution to accessible and high-quality healthcare for the local population.

The cooperation will take place in a 5-year program to strengthen actors in the health system at the peripheral level, with special attention to vulnerable population groups.

For example, we work together on favorable and lasting changes in knowledge sharing and capacity building of health structures in the province of Muyinga in Burundi.

Official visit to Muyinga . Health Center and Hospital

The program includes visits to the health center, the district hospital, and a local health insurance company of Muyinga.

There we see remarkable progress on several levels:

• A positive CRT reporting for basic operations that are all performed in the hospital itself.

• Management of basic pathologies directly in the hospital.

• A decrease in referrals from patients outside the province.

• Improved hygiene and patient circuit after the recent rehabilitation of the operating room and sterilization department.

• Referrals and counter-referrals take place between health centers and hospitals.

The conclusions of this program will be published in 2022 in a report following the final evaluation of the 2017-2021 programme.

The main principles of the Doctors Without Vacation – Memisa program 2017-2020 within Development Cooperation were: to improve the quality of health care and provide access to as many people as possible by strengthening the actors in the health system with special attention to vulnerable populations.

This program placed particular emphasis on aspects of environmental sustainability, gender and digitization and focused

on 3 fundamental objectives:

1) Promoting good governance: strengthening local leadership and consultation from the periphery; document the changes made in collaboration with research institutions to capitalize on experiences and influence the level of decision-making.

2)Improving the offer: through training, exchanges and internships, we want to strengthen the actors of the health system so that they can take up their role. This involves strengthening the medical-technical and organizational capacities of healthcare providers and providing support in infrastructure, medical equipment, medicines and consumables.

3) Ensure geographical and financial access to acceptable quality care, also for the most underprivileged. To this end, we work in various ways to subsidize healthcare, bundle risks and apply a fixed price system. In addition, we support local and social initiatives and we ensure political advocacy and social movements for greater solidarity.

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Artsen Zonder Vakantie heeft het hart op de juiste plaats.

Als NGO bouwen wij in 5 Afrikaanse landen duurzame partnerschappen uit met meer dan 40 ziekenhuizen die ernaar streven om kwaliteitsvolle gezondheidszorg aan te bieden aan hun patiënten.

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