Bujumbura - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

No quality medical or dental care is available locally. In a true emergency there is a Military hospital that can treat you with relatively good equipment and training but most everything requires a Medevac. The current Medical Provider at post is a PA. The RMO is kind enough to allow folks to be treated by him via the telephone whenever possible. However, this isn't the post to bid on if you have chronic medical issues to manage. - Mar 2021

Burundi is high-risk for malaria. Local medical care is attentive but not generally high quality. The U.S. embassy has a well-equipped health unit, however anything severe is medically evacuated after diagnosis. - Nov 2017

Poor medical care --- just hope you don't get sick or injured. Malaria and parasites are concerns. - Aug 2015

There is no quality emergency care available at western standards. Your best bet is to medevac to South Africa or Kenya. - Aug 2009

You must have a yellow fever vaccination to enter the country. Other concerns include malaria, cholera, AIDS, food-borne illnesses, infections from bacteria in the lake, allergies from the smoke in the dry season. Medical care is frightening. The doctors sincerely work hard, but it’s quite substandard compared to the U.S. - Oct 2008

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