Juma Kariburyo is a doctor and former Minister of Health of Burundi. In this interview, he talks about some of his country’s successes in implementing health system reforms, but also the challenges of doing so during a time a war and conflict.
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Dr Juma M. Kariburyo has 35 years’ of professional experience in clinical activities and public health, working in over 40 different countries. He is a former Minister of Health for Burundi. In addition, he has been a public health teacher and researcher at the Free University, a Vice-Chairman and Member of the WHO’s Executive Board Committee, and a WHO Acting Resident Representative in Côte d’Ivoire. He was Vice-Chairman of the Country Coordinating Mechanism in Côte d’Ivoire, representing the UN System and Development Partners between 2006 and 2012. He was also the Director of the Health and Development Research Center and the Kamenge University Teaching Hospital. Since 2012, Dr Kariburyo has been an international consultant in the fields of Public Health, HIV-AIDS, TB and Reproductive Health.