Presentation of the socio-medical axis
Purpose: Prevention, Treatment, Health Promotion
The "REMA" Hospital Center, composed by the Center for the Protection of Mothers and Children (CPME), the REMA Hospital and the St Michel Paramedic School (EPM St Michel), was set up to reduce the increase in the number of orphans due to illnesses or poor conditions of childbirth.
The innovative aspect of the socio-medical axis was its holistic approach to health, aiming at giving the necessary attention to the preventive aspect as much as to the curative and promotional aspects. Treatments and all curative care were taken care of by the REMA Hospital, which was based on the principle that "health is a right and not a privilege"; no one who seeks treatment would be refused it.
REMA's care was supported by the Centre for the Protection of Mothers and Children, which provided prevention and awareness. Rather than standing back and welcoming more orphans, Maison Shalom is committed to stopping children from ending up with no family in the first place. On average, 16,590 patients were treated at the REMA Hospital each year.
Attached to the REMA Hospital, the Paramedic School St Michel was established in 2008 to respond to the desperate lack of paramedical personnel in the country, especially in the province of Ruyigi. Ranked first among nursing schools in Burundi, the EPM St Michel trained about thirty A2 level nurses every year.