CEMABU denounces refusal of health care to medical assistance card holders

02-12-2020 On the occasion of the celebration of the World Day of the Sick this Tuesday 11 February, the Burundian association fighting for patients’ rights (CEMABU) has said it deplores the behavior of some public hospital officials who refuse to provide health care to holders of Medical Assistance Card (CAM). (...)

Some hospitals accused of overcharging pregnant women and children under five for health care

01-31-2020 The Burundian Minister of Health accuses some public and private hospitals of overcharging the government for health care delivered to pregnant women and children under five years of age. In the meeting with the provincial health directors and agents in charge of monitoring the implementation of the free health (...)

Towards suspension of health assistance card?

01-17-2020 During the analysis and approval of two draft bills on childhood and health care as well as services at the National Assembly this January 15, MPs have raised concerns over the importance of using health assistance cards-CAM. MP Claude Kwizera wondered how the government agrees to provide health care (...)

Chairman of teachers’ union arrested in southern Burundi

01-10-2020 The chairman of the General Union of Teaching Staff in Burundi (SYGEPEBU) spent the second night in the police station of Rutana province in southern Burundi. Gérard Niyongabo, Chairman of the Union of Professional Teachers in Burundi (SEPEDUC] says Antoine Manuma, SYGEPEBU chairman was arrested in the evening of (...)

Late distribution of mosquito nets causes increase in malaria cases in 2019

11-07-2019 “Malaria epidemic did not occur in Burundi in 2019,” said Jean Bosco Girukwishaka, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health at a press conference held on 6 November. He however admits that, cases of malaria have increased this year compared to last year. He says that this increase in (...)

UNCHR concerned over forced repatriation despite government denial

10-30-2019 On October 28th, UNHCR issued a communiqué mounting pressure on Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers to return home – despite assurances from the authorities that the return of refugees will be voluntary and free from intimidation. In addition, no refugee will be forced to return. “We continue to call upon (...)

No Burundian media broadcasts hate messages, IPGL reveals

09-27-2019 “Political opponents, women and ordinary citizens do not occupy enough space in Burundian media,” reveals the survey results on the monitoring of Burundian media presented on Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Institut Panos Grands Lacs (IPGL). This survey was conducted on four media namely National Radio, Iwacu Newspaper, Radio (...)

Burundian women happy to celebrate International Women Day

03-09-2019 In the city of Bujumbura, most of the women are dressed in Kitenge clothes on this special day. Among those interviewed, they say the date of 8 March symbolizes honor and respect to them. M.N, a woman met in the center of the city, says she is very happy (...)
Human Right

OHCHR completely closes its doors in Burundi

03-05-2019 The decision to close the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights became effective on 28 February. After 23 years operating in Burundi, the latter has entered into serious discussions with the government on the procedure to close its doors in the country. On 5 December 2018, (...)

Burundian women under-represented in sports

01-25-2019 While the world celebrates women’s sports day every January 24, Burundian women are still under-represented in the sports sector. Circoncilie Nahimana, representative of women’s sports in Burundi National Olympic Committee says there is a small number of women in sports. “In collective and individual sports, there are 3703 women (...)