Project to provide training for medical and paramedical staff in Burundi

In partnership with the NGO Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and Maison Shalom the Hôpital Kirchberg is involved in a project to train medical and paramedical staff at the Rema Hospital in Ruyigi (Burundi).

An agreement was signed in 2009 covering a three-year period and involving two missions of two weeks each. At the initiative of and under the coordination of Dr François Schank, volunteer teams from the Hôpital Kirchberg comprised of surgeons, operating room nurses, anaesthesiology nurses and/or anaesthetists, biomedical technicians, hygienists or specialised nurses provided training to their Burundian colleagues:

  • Training focused on surgery and post-operative care;
  • Training student nurses and members of the surgical department’s staff;
  • Training doctors in operating techniques;
  • Training a biomedical technician.

The launch of a continuous training programme run by local specialists was also envisaged with the key goal being to make the hospital fully independent.

Sonja Ketema(an anaesthesiology nurse at the Hôpital Kirchberg) took over in 2012 with the signature of the second agreement.

The project also includes a mission to maintain logistical and technical resources. With this in mind, two operating theatres have been equipped and are now functional and the recovery room is currently being upgraded.

This represents a total of 1000 operations performed each year (taking all forms of surgery together).



signature-2012Signature of the agreement in 2012



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Staff training



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Mrs Sonja Ketema, coordinator of the Burundi project, presents this initiative.