Burundi is a landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of East Africa, with a population of just over 11 million people and a life expectancy at birth of 58 years (male) and 62 years (female). Political unrest beginning in 2015 had a significant impact on public health. The policy dialogue enabled by the UHC Partnership, which Burundi joined in 2016, helped the Ministry of Health to extend the second National Health Development Plan (PNDS in its French abbreviation) until 2018. It serves as a strategic framework to strengthen the health system during the unrest, in line with Burundi’s National Health Development Policy 2016-2025. The country’s constitution recognizes a “right to health” and aims towards UHC. WHO is playing a brokering role to foster dialogue between the MoH and international partners to improve coordination of health aid, and plays a key role in the elaboration of the third PNDS 2019-2023. You can access important country documents by clicking here.

Key Health Indicators Country Fact Sheet