In February 2010 Kibuye Hospital, a ministry of the Free Methodist Church in Burundi since the 1940s was turned over to Hope Africa University for development in treating the surrounding population and use as a clinical training facility for medical and nursing students from the university. At that time it was renamed Kibuye Hope Hospital. Since becoming part of the university, aggressive plans are in process for expansion including the arrival of a team of six career physicians in early 2013 (view their blog). The hospital is currently staffed by African MDs assisted and mentored by around 20 visiting expatriate physicians per year.

Kibuye Hope Hospital is located in east central Burundi 25 kilometers from the country’s second largest city, Gitega. The hospital serves a rural population covering about one tenth of the geographical area of the country and is the hospital of reference for 12 rural clinics.

An associated ministry is the BUSOMA factory which produces a food supplement widely distributed in the country. The hospital maintains a strong Christian identity expecting a clear spiritual witness in the lives of staff and maintaining a regular ministry to its patients by the services of chaplains and pastors. The current capacity is 85 beds with a target of 300 beds in ten years. The hospital is supported by patient fees (modest compared to other hospitals in the country), government subsidies for several programs, with some outside help from grants,
private donors and benevolent organizations.

In 2010, a long range development study proposed a basic layout for space utilization as the hospital grows. Specific needs for the hospital over the next ten years include:

  1.  An administrative building (board room, 20 offices)
  2.  Outpatient building with 30 examining rooms in 4-5 different clinic areas with ample waiting areas.
  3.  A dental building
  4.  Eye building
  5.  Surgical building (4-5 operating rooms, storage, sterilizing room, pre-op and recovery
  6.  Wards (Male surgical–30 beds, Female surgical–30 beds, Male medical–30 beds, Female medical–30 beds, Pediatrics–50 beds, OB/GYN–60 beds, Eye–40 beds)
  7.  Central Supply building
  8.  Pharmacy
  9.  Emergency room, 15 bays
  10.  Lecture Hall (150-200 capacity)
  11.  Library
  12.  Maintenance dept. building
  13.  Kitchen, connected to canteen for patients’ families.

In addition to the above there is need for multiple staff houses and an additional student dormitory for classes doing clinical rotations.

As a first step in achievement of the above, the University is in conversation with an engineering group to develop an infrastructure plan for the electrical grid, the water system, sanitation needs and to elaborate a general master plan.

During April and May, Will Ellis and Chris Prestel used their skills as “almost doctors” to care for patients at Kibuye Hope Hospital and share their knowledge with medical students from Hope Africa University. Read what they wrote about their experience.