Happy Independence Day Burundi!

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Please join us in congratulating the people of Burundi on 54 years of Independence!

Each year on July 1st, the people of Burundi celebrate their independence. Previously known as Ruanda-Urundi, this country split from their Belgium ties to form the two countries now known as Rwanda and Burundi in 1962. Burundi is located in central Africa and has a population of approximately 10.8 million people

Overview of Burundi’s Health Statistics

Burundi is a country that is lacking in basic health care. The people of this country are living in extreme poverty and the government has created a policy that does not allow for any funding of healthcare for the country’s people. This means that all doctor visits, medications and treatment procedures come at a very high cost for the Burundi people. The majority of the people in this country cannot afford this care and therefore are forced to suffer without it.

The average life expectancy of the Burundi people is 50 years of age and there are approximately only 5 doctors available for every 100,000 people.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the People of Burundi

War and Violence

Burundi is a country that was ravaged by civil war for over 12 years and is still on the brink of further conflict. An estimated 300,000 people have died so far due to this violence and thousands more are suffering from the injuries and the poverty that the war has brought to them.

High Infant and Child Mortality

In this country there is a high rate of infant and child mortality. 41 out of every 1,000 babies born will die within their first 4 weeks of life. This is partly due to the fact that there is a lack of medical funding and therefore not enough care for pregnant women and new mothers. Women also experience pregnancies at too young of an age or are pregnant too frequently. An estimated 38% of infants and children are also malnourished, leading to stunted growth and development and an increase in the death rate.

Waterborne Illnesses

Much of this country is without safe drinking water and only 32% of the population have access to safe sanitation facilities. Due to these facts there is a high incidence of waterborne diseases, parasites and diarrhea.

HIV and AIDS

HIV and AIDS infection rates are extremely high in Burundi. Approximately 3% of the population have either HIV or AIDS, however this number is steadily decreasing. Much has been done to educate and help prevent the spread of these infections over the past few years but much more needs to be done before this disease is completely eradicated.

On July 1st, LiveMD would like to wish all of the Burundi people a very happy Independence Day.

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July 1st, 2016 by