“We take good health for granted, even in a place, like Burundi, where health indicators are abysmal. It’s very hard – even unimaginable – to think about how a mother who is pregnant and who is carrying a heavy load on her head and on her back can be fully productive.” This is Deo Niyizonkiza’s message: “where there is health, there is hope”.
Having escaped war in Burundi, having escaped homelessness in America, Deo Niyizonkiza graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and philosophy and later continued his studies at the Harvard School of Public Health and Dartmouth Medical School. He is an inspiration, providing holistic clinical treatment and prevention services at the Village Health Works' Sharon McKenna Community Health Center. Now he works at the Village Health Works' clinic and their developmental model has grown to include educational activities, agricultural and environmental protection programmes and income-generating cooperatives.
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