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42nd Mission BURUNDI

On Tuesday, 23.2.2016, an eight member team of `Heart Doctors` departed from Athens and through Istambul and Nairobi reached Burundi (Bujumbura). The purpose of the mission was to offer free medical care to the population of Karuzi province. The local organization and coordination was undertaken by Mrs. Calinie Mbarushimana, Governor of Karuzi Province; she managed to get for the members of the mission written permission of entry to Burundi signed by the Minister of Public Security of the country.

On the 25th of February the team moved to the capital of Karuzi and started working right away. The night was spent in an hotel of the town of Karuzi.

Everyday, the team started from the hotel and moved to one community scheduled by the coordinator; it worked there till evening in selected proper places where sick people gathered ( medical centers, schools etc.). Patients were examined and given the required medication; the medicines had been taken by the team from Athens. In the evening the team returned to the hotel to eat and spend the night.

The communities visited and the health problems observed were the following:

25.2.2016: Rugwisa C.D.S. (commune of Nyabikere). Malaria in acute exacerbation, infections of upper respiratory system, gastroenteritis, parasites of the gastrointestinal system.

26.2.2016: Shombo. Malaria, gastroenteritis, arthralgia, parasites of the gastrointestinal system, lower back pains.

27.2.2016: Nyaruhinda Gitazamuka. Malaria, cleft lip, parasites of the gastrointestinal system, lower back pains, skin diseases.

28.2.2016: Gihogazi. Malaria, children suffering from kahexia, abscess (on thigh), scabies, parasites of the gastrointestinal system, amoebiasis, gastroenteritis.

29.2.2016: Mutumba. Malaria, scabies epidemic, gastritis, parasites of the gastrointestinal system, lower back pains.

The team was impressed by the low level of health conditions prevailing in certain areas of Karuzi province, the exacerbation of malaria, and the shortage of foodstuffs in Gihogazi certain cases of cahectic children shocked the doctors. One starving mother brought her miserable skinny child to the doctors the whole team offered whatever eatable provisions they had to save the weakened child and mother. To relieve the starving families, the team bought three tons of beans and distributed them to the needy.

The team returned to Athens on Wednesday, the 2nd of March, 2016.

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