Information for Patients
Healthcare in Burundi is low and underserved with a healthcare system that is porous and lacking in medical expertise and infrastructure. The system is divided with the public and private, but while the private tends to offer better service, lack of standardized procedures, qualified staff and general infrastructure lead to an overall lower quality of service. Healthcare is not universal and is at cost.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Burundi Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Burundi embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Burundi Medical societies in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Burundi.
French is the language of instruction for medical education in Burundi.
Information for Travelers
Medical tourism does not occur in Burundi. Expats are anticipated to have their own private health insurance prior to arrival. Expat employment tends to automatically have this included and offered especially within international organizations, but verification is required. French, Kirundi and English are the main languages of Burundi, but French is the most common Western languages spoken among the general public. Some health professionals can speak English, but knowledge of rudimentary French would be more helpful.
Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://minisante.bi