The small hospital “Centre Hippocrate” (named after Hippocrate, the first known physician of ancient Greece) is located right at Lake Tanganyika next to the school “Ecole Polyvante Carolus Magnus”. The building complex cost 120.000 Euro and was financed in partnership with burundikids schweiz (Foundation), established in 2009.
The hospital consists of an administrative building with rooms for management, reception and pharmaceutical storage, a second building with examination rooms and a small operating room, a third block with sanitary facilities, a kitchen and a laundry as well as a fourth building housing the in-patient ward.
The maternal and infant mortality rate is very high in Burundi. Many women in this region still give birth on the naked clay floor of their homes. Therefore, burundikids has reacted to the high need of the locals with the provision of gynaecological services: Supported by the BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) and with financial means of burundikids, the Centre Médical Hippocrate (CMH) was structurally expanded by a maternity ward. When it was put into operation after the completion of its construction, the maternity ward was immediately embraced by the local people.
Additionally, the staff of the CMH (nurses, doctors, etc.) provide educational classes regarding hygiene, nutrition and avoidable diseases.
The hospital cooperates with the adjacent school EPCM, mainly in the training of nurses. Further, all pupils and teachers of the EPCM are treated for free at the “Hippocrate”.
The ambulance of the CMH is used frequently – the only one in the region.
The hospital is the only medical facility in the greater area (the distance to the hospitals in Bujumbura is approximately 15 kilometres). At full operating efficiency, the “Hippocrate” is among the hospitals with the highest standards in Burundi.
The building of the hospital started in October 2009 and was completed in May 2010. At the end of 2010 all the finishing touches and installations had been added.
Together with further founding members, burundikids schweiz (Foundation) was founded by the Swiss Verena Zintzmeyer and Thomas Egloff. It is the foundations business to co-finance the operating of the hospital together with burundikids (Deutschland).
Part of the hospital's equipment was shipped to Burundi by burundikids (Deutschland) in containers, among other things hospital beds with side tables for the patient's rooms.
At the end of 2010 another container with further medical devices arrived. This transport was organised by the partner organisation Human Help Network (HHN).
In January 2011, Ms. Susanne Lang, a nurse from the universal hospital in Mainz, Germany, came to Burundi to work at the “Hippocrate” for a year. In the same month two additional nurses (Ms. Monique Urlacher and Ms. Irmgard Klein) from the municipal hospital Karlsruhe came to Burundi for a three month assignment. Monique had prior experience in Burundi in 2007.
To contribute to the CMH, German gynaecologist Dr. Antelmann and his wife and assistant were in Burundi in 2012. Together with CMH head physician Dr. Espérance and another surgeon working on voluntary basis, Dr. Antelmann's team equipped the operating room to highest professional standards. Subsequently, the first minor surgeries were performed under the German gynaecologists supervision.
Documentation Switzerland/Burundi 2011
Longterm, it is planned to promote the farming of Artemisia. The dried leaves of this plant are used in the fight against Malaria.
Currently Fondation Stamm, burundikids schweiz, Human Help Network and burundikids are in negotiations to appoint a medical director. In discussion is a doctor from Burundi who had worked in Germany for 30 years.