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BURUNDI

 
Total population (millions)7.0
Life expectancy at birth (years)43.6
GDP per capita (PPP US$)648
Adult literacy rate (% age 15 and above)58.9
Combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio (%)35

Burundi has been left vulnerable from years of civil war, in which more than 200,000 of its population have lost their lives. The consequences of instability and war are having a detrimental effect on the country's economic infrastructure and human development.

Access to food and basic services have been hampered and there has been little opportunity for economic development. The country lacks basic social services and it is often the women and children who suffer disproportionately. People are subject to continuing disease, trauma and displacement. Burundi has some of the worst health indicators in the world.

The most recent Human Development Report ranks Burundi at 169, with a low human development rating status. The Human Development Index (HDI) value is 0.378 compared to the HDI of the UK, which is 0.939.

WER has been working in Burundi since 1996 in conjunction with African Revival Ministries (ARM), Burundi.

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These are our current projects in BURUNDI:

Bethany AIDS Clinic – Bujumbura

This is a unique care and counselling project which provides practical and emotional support to people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Himbaza School - Bujumbura

The Himbaza School provides education to over 500 children, including free education to over 120 street children.

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CRIB orphanage & King’s School

Founded initially in 1995 following the genocide as an Emergency Baby Care Centre, the project now cares for 50 of these babies who have now grown up and live within the CRIB community within family units.

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The Batwa-Gitega

The Batwa are the indigenous pygmies, who for centuries have often been dis-enfranchised and abused.

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ARM Medical Centres - Bujumbura

WER purchased a facility at Rohero, Bujumbura in 1997 which houses a high quality surgical and x-ray centre which treats patients irrespective of ethnic background or ability to pay.

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Ngozi AIDS Clinic

This project is providing financial, medical and emotional support to people living with HIV/AIDS and is assisting children orphaned from AIDS with school fees and educational materials.

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The factual information on each of the countries has been published in the United Nations Human Development Report 2005. Please refer to this document for more comprehensive information.

The FCO also provides detailed country profiles, explaining the history and politics of each of the countries. (FCO web site)