Burundi Minister of Health, President Pierre Nkurunziza, and Bishop Elie in front of ribbon to be cut for Van Norman Clinic

President Nkurunziza prepares to cut the ribbon

On August 9, 2012, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza officially opened the Van Norman Clinic. The clinic is located across the street from Hope Africa’s main campus in Bujumbura. The Minister of Health was also on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the facilities. There is a sense of anticipation that this clinic will not only provide medical and nursing students with helpful clinical experiences but will also offer excellent and compassionate care for many people.

In typical African style, the ceremony involved marching

Drs. Eric, Janette, and Joel sing a hymn during opening ceremony

soldiers, red carpet, VIP seating, secret service men, Burundi drummers…and lots of waiting. Both Bishop Elie and President Nkurunziza gave speeches after seeing the clinic. The president thanked the Free Methodist Church for her contributions to Burundi and encouraged continued innovations for the good of the nation.

Although it is called a clinic, the services offered might make you think more of a small hospital than an outpatient clinic. There are inpatient beds for men, women, and children. There are 2 surgical suites with the necessary surgical ward and recovery rooms as well. We offer lab services and are working on xray and ultrasound availability.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza address guests in front of Van Norman clinic

President Nkurunziza encourages guests in front of new clinic

Join us in celebrating this beginning and congratulating Hope Africa University and the Burundi FMC. Pray with us that the Van Norman Clinic will soon become known as a place where patients can come for compassionate and competent care.