Project information

Nyembuye Clinic maternity wing

After the long war in Burundi many refugees are returning to their villages to rebuild and start their lives over again. The remote village of Nyembuye in Burundi’s Matana province is in need of a maternity unit to provide pre, peri and post natal services for the many mothers in the community.

up to 2 years

Charity information

Mission International

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  • Need


    Currently mothers in Nyembuye experiencing difficulties during pregnancy have to travel to Rutana or other more distant centres for help. To reach Rutana’s hospital involves a walk of approximately 20 miles, where mothers, unable to make the walk, are carried by four men by stretcher. Many mothers and their babies are unable to complete the gruelling journey and die en-route.


    The provision of a purpose built maternity wing will enable local clinic staff to provide life saving maternity services to this poor population. Professional care timeously provided at the point of need, will save the lives of both mother and baby. Care given in the community is more appropriate when the risks are so high.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To considerably reduce mortality rate of mothers and babies


    » Provide a clinic which with professional staff will provide appropriate care for mothers approaching and after birth.

    Success will be measured by a considerable drop in the mortality figures of mothers and babies.

    Aim 2

    To provide general pre-natal, peri-natal and post-natal services for a growing community.


    » Run pre-natal health and pregnancy classes for expectant mothers
    » Run training in health and nutrition for mother and child after birth.
    » Develop a suitable sex and sexual health education training facility

    Success will be high uptake statistics for the training provided for the community

    Aim 3

    To provide emergency cover during pregnancy and pre-birth and post birth for the local villagers


    » Develop pregnancy first-aid training for local people

    Changes in the behaviour of mothers and families in the time around parturition, including a reduction in sexually transmitted disaeas.

    Aim 4

    To develop accessible health training for expectant mothers and their families.


    » Develop a systematic education and training facility for those families approaching birth and thereafter.

    Planned births to a level where families are not so large that a family has difficulty in surviving.

  • Impact


    Long term the project will bring a fundamental change to the community. The health, hygiene and nutrition of the community will improve. The sense of well-being which is expected to grow will benefit the whole community.


    There is a risk from sporadic unrest in Burundi close to and after the recent elections might intensify causing a break in activity at the project. The project is for the people and as such they will be expected to provide a level of security themselves as the project is underway.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000 Clearing land Local people will be employed to clear the site.
      £15,000 Foundations Construction to ground level
      £33,000 Main Structure Construction to completion
      £5,000 Landscaping Making the site ready for use by public
      £40,000 Fitments The range of beds and resources required
  • Background


    Nyembuye is a remote village in Burundi’s Matana province about 20 miles from Rutana. Many refugee returnees are rebuilding their lives here after coming back to Burundi from Tanzania and DR Congo where they were displaced due to the ethnic unrest and long war years. This village was until recently virgin bush and the population are by any standards extremely poor. Villagers are mainly peasant farmers with limited resources of any kind. Rema M


    The whole community will benefit but particularly expectant mothers and their unborn and newborn babies. The wider community will benefit from the planned educational elements of the new maternity unit. Benefits will include a reduction in the infant, child and mother mortality rates which are currently high.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Mission International has already successfully resourced and managed projects similar to this in Burundi as well as in other parts of Africa. We have committed and experienced partners who share our values with whom we have served for a number of years. We are committed to serving the poor and have a policy of making 100% spend from our income to a project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hugh Henderson

    Mission International Director and UK project manager.

    Felibien Ndintore

    Rema Ministries director and Burundi project manager.

"I didn't realise how little nothing really was"

Dundee school girl on a Mission International team.