There are no procedures for the official approval of traditional medical practices or remedies. Traditional health practitioners are not licensed, and local officials are not allowed to authorize the practice of traditional medicine in their administrative and/or health subdivisions, nor are traditional medicine practitioners involved in primary health care programmes at the local or national level in Burundi. Burundi does not have any official or legislative texts regulating traditional medicine (6). However, in Burundi's Public Health Code of 1982 (15), which limits medical licences to those persons with formal training in tropical medicine, it is stated that practitioners currently treating patients by means of traditional medicine may continue to practise under the conditions and in accordance with the detailed regulations laid down by the Minister responsible for public health.
Education and training
Burundi does not have any official training facilities or programmes for traditional medicine (6).