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 Health  Burundi Project #31891

Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum

by Friends Women's Association
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum
The next step is bricking up the walls.
The next step is bricking up the walls.

Incredible Facts about the Ntaseka Clinic

  1. This small clinic has 301 HIV+ patients receiving anti-viral (ARV) treatment. This is an incredible 0.38% of the 78,000 estimated HIV+ people in Burundi.
  2. In the very Catholic country of Burundi where most hospitals and clinics are run by the Catholic Church which will not supply patients with modern methods of contraception, the clinic has 362 women per month coming in for family planning. Since most select injectibles which last for three months, this implies that over 1000 women are being served with family planning.
  3. The clinic has 45 self-help women’s groups with 1055 members giving moral and financial support for women from the Kamenge slum. These include abused, battered women, sex workers, and 20 HIV+ women.

Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world. The war between 1993 and 2005 retarded the development of the country. Then since the disputed election in 2015, Burundi has again been beset with civil unrest. The following table compares the situation in Burundi with that of the United States

                                                     Burundi                            United States

Fertility rate                     5.93 children per woman           1.87 children per woman

Maternal mortality rate     712 per 100,000 women             14 per 100,000 women

Infant mortality rate          57.4 per 1000 births                   5.7 per 1000 births

Doctors                          5 per 100,000 people                  259 per 100,000 people

Hospital beds                 80 per 100,000 people                 290 per 100,000 people

I remember in 2002 when Cassilde Ntamamiro, a nurse, first proposed the Ntaseka Clinic for HIV+ women. Her sister and brother-in-law plus their two children had all died of AIDS so she felt a moral obligation to work on this issue.

I remember that at that time HIV/AIDS was a taboo subject in Burundi. This was due to the fact that to discuss the disease one needed to discuss about sex. Anyone who had the disease was considered a sinner since she/he or the spouse had to have been unfaithful.

I remember that Cassilde wanted this to be a women’s run organization because the men in Burundi Yearly Meeting would not support such an activity. Therefore she organized and registered the Friends Women’s Association which has been responsible for the clinic ever since.

I remember that due to the stigma about HIV/AIDS the clinic had to be a multi-service clinic serving a total clientele with their health needs.

I remember in 2005 when Felicite Niyonzima was the first Quaker in Burundi who would publicly admit that she was HIV+. As she spoke at Quaker churches and with male pastors, she was instrumental in tackling the silence and shame of being HIV+. A few years ago when I was in Burundi, I happened to meet Felicite again and she and her daughter, who ended up not being HIV+, were doing well.

I remember when we started the clinic in a totally inadequate rented storefront. I then helped arrange for Cassilde to come twice to the United States on fundraising tours. Sufficient funds were raised to buy the plot where the clinic now stands plus a second plot behind it which is being used for the Maternity Ward.

I remember helping to organize work camps to build the clinic, its walls, and later required additions for a consulting room for people who were tested for HIV/AIDS and a special room for maternity and children. The many work campers and long-term foreign volunteers contributed so much, both physical and financial, to the building of the clinic. I cannot thank them enough for their contributions

I remember that contrary to this positive report, since 2002 there were many difficulties, obstacles, financial problems, and so on. Step by step the clinic has grown to what it is now.

I remember in 2007 when Cassilde moved to the United States to be with husband who received political asylum after the conflicts in Burundi. Dr. Alexia Nibona, still one of the doctors at the clinic, took over the clinic at that time. It was in 2014 that Parfaite Ntahuba filled the new position as Coordinator for Ntaseka Clinic.

I also note that Marceline Girukwishaka has been the loyal bookkeeper since the beginning in 2002 and that Joselyn Dusabe has been clerk of the very active FWA Board for many years.

 My involvement with the Friends Women’s Association/Ntaseka Clinic has been one of the most gratifying activities in my life.

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 Please consider contributing to the building of the Maternity Ward.

To donate click ongoto.gg/32980.

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The next step in the development of the Ntaseka Clinic is the construction of its Maternity Ward. As you can see from the chart above the maternal mortality rate is 712 per 100,000 births – 8th highest in the world. The infant mortality rate of 57.4 babies per 1000 births is the 18th highest in the world. Since the clinic is in a poor section of Burundi the rates there must be even higher. These high rates are due to the fact that most women give birth at home with little or no professional help. Therefore the Maternity Ward where professional medical care will be provided will save the lives of many babies and mothers.

Moreover, since most of the 244 women under ARV treatment at the clinic are young, many will give birth. Giving birth at home will increase the likelihood of transmission of the virus from mother to child. There is nothing sadder than the fact that some innocent children, through no fault of their own, have become HIV+. Growing up in poverty is hard enough in itself, but then having the burden of being HIV+ significantly increases that burden. The clinic runs a monthly support group for the HIV+ children to encourage them, convey the facts of the disease to them, and stress the importance of taking their drugs regularly.

The progress on the construction of the Maternity Ward can be seen in the picture at the top of this report. Much of the funding for the construction to date has come through a major grant from Vancouver Island Monthly Friends Meeting in Canada. We thank them so much for their support. The next goal is to brick in the building. The cost of the bricks, cement, and labor is $3,000. To date the Ntaseka Clinic has raised only $200 towards this goal.

Please help out. Your contribution will help towards saving the lives of women and children in a poverty area of one of the poorest countries in the world. To donate click on goto.gg/32980. Please also forward this Report to anyone whom you think might want to support the building of the Maternity Ward.

Thanks so much for your consideration of this request.

David Zarembka

Mobilization for family planning and HIV testing.
Mobilization for family planning and HIV testing.
The dream for the building when it is finished
The dream for the building when it is finished
Meningitis inoculation campaign for 4669 people.
Meningitis inoculation campaign for 4669 people.
Trust Walk during GBV Workshop
Trust Walk during GBV Workshop

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ACTIVITIES

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)

One three-day trauma healing workshop was done on March 22-24, 2019 for GBV survivors.

Testimony

“My name is Alice. I’m 19 years old. My parents got divorced when I was 12 years old. One day at night, my father wanted to rape me. He brought me in his bedroom and unclothed me. I felt so afraid that I told him that I wanted to go to the toilet. He didn’t accept and we went together to the toilet. He came with a machete. Whe, he opened the door of our house, I ran away. He ran after me, but he failed to catch me. Then I went to live with my aunt. Later I became a house girl. My boss raped me. He was put in jail. And because his wife was afraid, she gave me BIF300,000 so that her husband can be released. After few days, I lost my job. As my father was continuing to threaten me, I left the countryside and came here in Bujumbura. I got married. When I got a baby, my husband married another wife. As I had anywhere to go, I remained in the house. This means that we were two wives in the same house. My husband was always beating me until I left him. Now, I’m trying to survive together with my child. Thanks a lot for this workshop because I got this opportunity to share my sad story.”

Comment: Participants who have such sad stories are always encouraged to join the self-help groups so that they can have their own financial income. However, the main challenge for such cases is how to start saving what they don’t have because most of them are very poor.

At the end of March 2019, 38 self-help groups were functioning

During the month of March 2019, two self-help groups, “AMAHORO” and “KEREBUKA”, shared the money they have saved for one year (See the table below).

Name                  Capital in Francs   Capital in $     Benefit        Benefit in USD

AMAHORO                 2 873 400               1596         1 741 450              967

KEREBUKA                1 683 200                 935            851 600              473

There was a meeting with the self-help groups’ representatives. 31 groups were represented. The main recommendation was to find for them microfinance where they can have access to microloans. They also expressed their wish to have a common project for their socio-economic life improvement.

Caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)

During this month of March 2019, medical follow up and home visits were done for our HIV positive people.

Maternity Ward Building

In the month of March 2019, nothing new was added to our building project. This year, we need to raise at least $20,000USD to continue with this project.

Improving Women’s Reproductive Health (IWRH)

FWA community health workers and FWA staff have continued to mobilize people for HIV voluntary test and family planning.

Four discussion groups were done: one for sex workers, one for sex workers partners, one for pregnant women together with their husbands, one for HIV positive children together with their parents.

Sex workers

13 out of 20 participants did HIV voluntary test. All of them were found HIV negative. In addition 10 of them joined the self-help groups.

Sex workers’ partners

Out of the 20 participants, 11 men accepted to do HIV voluntary test. No one was found HIV positive.

Pregnant women with their husbands

On March 14, 2019 14h was held the speaking group for pregnant women and their husbands who are beneficiaries of the service of PRENATAL CONSULTATION for the prevention of the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child.


There were 20 participants including four men and sixteen pregnant women.  The objective of the meeting was to underline the importance of HIV voluntary test during pregnancy and to see together the components and importance of the Mother-Child notebook.


After the exchange of a lot of knowledge on the mother-child transmission we found together that the men present have any idea about it. It was discovered that even the pregnant women had little knowledge about the components and the importance mother-child transmission.

The transmission includes the following parts:
1) Part 1:  The complete identification of the mother, the child, the husband and a person accompanying the mother during delivery
2) Part 2:  The previous obstetrical history of the patient as well as the risk factors
3) Part 3:  Place where we find prenatal consultations required and optional, proper and post-natal testing
4) Part 4:  Summary of child labor and the health status of the baby delivered
5) Part 5:  Birth certificate
6) Part 6:  Family planning
7) Part 7:  Monitoring the child's weigh andt growth
8) Part 8: Appointments for child vaccination
9) Part 9:  Medical prescriptions for both the mother and the child
10) Part 10: a summary of the child's development and diet.

The discussion was concluded with the importance of voluntary testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in general and during pregnancy in particular. Those who were present and who did not benefit from this medical procedure called voluntary testing HIV / SYPHILIS have seized the opportunity to benefit from it. No one was found HIV positive.

HIV positive children with their parents

The discussion was about the practice of adherence and the impact of compliance on their health. Each of the children exposed what change happened in his way of taking the drugs after our last discussion: one did not change anything because he was taking them correctly; the others improved their medication intake especially at the frequency level because some children often forgot to take them. Now, they have testified that they are less sick.

There was then a discussion with the parents and guardians of the children. We asked them how they help their children to take the drugs. One of the parents said that being HIV-positive himself, they take the medicine together to make sure his child is taking it too. Another said that his child has enough grown; he knows when to take his medication without reminding him. Another said that his child is responsible.  He even reminds the parent that it is time to take the drugs.


At the end, they discussed how to monitor their children's medications in a better way. The conclusion was that parents and guardians of children will ensure that their children are properly treated every day by reminding them to take the retro drugs on time or by giving them the drugs themselves.

Action on Gender-Based Violence (AGBV)

A consultant was hired to conduct to evaluate the impact of this project since 2014. The report will appear very soon.

People Interviewed

Venue             Men      Women  Total

Kibogoye          16            20         36

Kibimba            18            21         39

Total                 34            41         75

Medical Team

CONSULTATIONS

95 cases were consulted by our medical doctors, including 19 children, 58 adults and 18 HIV positive people (16 under ARVs treatment came for medical consultation and 2 came for medical follow up after they were found HIV positive). The nurse received 336 patients including 258 adults and 78 children.

LABORATORY

In the month of March 2019, apart from HIV voluntary testing, there were a total of 207 tests.

Test                        Test completed  Positive  Negative

G.E. Malaria test              75              23            52

Quick malaria test            15                9              6

ECBU Urine test              11                11             0

Selles Stool test              14                14             0

Pregnancy                      28                 11           17

Sero-widal Typhoïd fever   28                22            6

Glycémie Diabetes           9                   6             3

RPR VDRL  Syphillis      13                   0            17

Complete Blood Count    14                   8              6

                                     Total Tests: 207

FAMILY PLANNING

333 people received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse, including 227 old cases and 106 new ones. 272 received the contraceptive injection, 18 were given pills, 8 received implants, and 35 received male condoms. 

PRENATAL CONSULTATION (PNC)

In the month of March 2019, 38 women came for prenatal consultation (PNC), including 13 who came for PNC 1, 15 for PNC 2, 4 for PNC 3 and 6 came for PNC 4.  

At the end of March 2019, we had a total of 31 HIV positive pregnant women under retro drugs.

Anti-Retroviral SITE

At the end of March 2019, we had 301 patients under retro drugs followed at NTASEKA clinic, including 244 women and 57men.

PHARMACY

FWA had all necessary medicines for the month of March 2019.

PSYCHOSOCIAL TEAM

In the month of March 2019, because of  lack of screening kits, only a total of 117 people received pre and post HIV test counseling and were tested for HIV; 59% of them were women and all the four people detected HIV positive were women with 3% of seropositivity.

Total Number of People Tested: 117

Total Number of Women Tested: 69

% of People Tested Who Are Women: 59%

Average Age:  28

Median Age: 26

Total HIV+ : 4

Total HIV- : 113

Number of Women HIV+ : 4

Total % Seropositivity: 3%

% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 6%

 

 

 

 

 

Self-help dividing sharing saved annual funds.
Self-help dividing sharing saved annual funds.
Assembly for  representatives of self help groups.
Assembly for representatives of self help groups.
Current status of maternity ward construction.
Current status of maternity ward construction.
Role play at women
Role play at women's reproductive health seminar.
Seminar for partners of sex workers.
Seminar for partners of sex workers.
Presention to HIV+ pregnant women and husbands.
Presention to HIV+ pregnant women and husbands.
HIV+ children and their parents.
HIV+ children and their parents.
Participants in trauma healing workshop
Participants in trauma healing workshop

Note: Tomorrow, Friday, March 8, is International Women's Day. Global Giving is matching donations at 30% for donations up to $250. In other words a $250 donation will get a match of $75. The Friends Women’s Association has developed a special project for this fundraiser, Helping Girls and Young Women in Bujumbura Slum. We have a goal of $3,000 for this fundraiser. The matching funds will begin at 9:00 AM eastern time in the United States. The $10,000 of Global Giving’s matching funds may run out before the end of the campaign at midnight today so it is advisable to donate as early as possible after 9:00 AM eastern time.

To donate please go to https://goto.gg/38276.

ACTIVITIES

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)

One three-day trauma healing workshop was done on February 26-28, 2019 for GBV survivors.

Testimony

“My name is Zamda. I got married when I was only 17 years old. I have been married to an unknown man whom I have never loved. That man asked me to marry me when I was still very young and I refused. He then planned together with a woman we were doing business together. The woman told me that we needed to seek to put our business products in other markets. We went together and on our way she stopped and told me, “We need to enter thishouse. It is my new one”. She opened the door as she had a key. When entered together and quickly, she closed the door after me and ran away. At my surprise, I saw a man coming out from one room of the house. He was the one who had been proposing me to marry me. We started fighting, fighting and I cried and cried, but I could not find someone to rescue me. The man raped me and I blead a lot because I was still virgin. Afterwards I was ashamed to go back home because I was still bleeding and he had even thorn my clothes. I stayed in his house. Since that time I had serious problems in my private parts: vaginal flow (blood mixed with stink). After one month I realized that I was pregnant. And the man began to beat me every day. When I was seven month pregnant, he beat me until the neck of my uterus opened. Good people came and brought me to the hospital. All the years I have been married, I have suffered a lot: he beats me almost every day; he insults me. I sometimes go back home and come back to him because I’m no longer healthy. I’m now HIV positive; I have now stomachache, and I often have heart attack. I’m always full of worries, and I have no more strength to work for my children to survive.”

At the end of February 2019, 35self-help groups were functioning

On February 28, 2019, one self-help group “DUFASHANYE” shared their annual the money they have saved since February 23, 2019. For the whole year, they were able to save BIF 3.407.400. This means $1914USD.

Street Business School

In the month of February 2019, one session on street business was done

Caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)

During this month of February 2019, medical follow up and home visits were done for our HIV positive people.

On February 20, 2019, there was a meeting with some of our HIV positive people beneficiaries. The main topics were observance and socio-economic empowerment.

One of our beneficiaries said, “When I’m coming to Ntaseka clinic, I feel as if I’m going to my parents. I weighed 30kg, but today I weigh 48kg. I’m a member of one self-help group. The self-help group approach has now taught me how to save the money I’m paid through working in fields”

Through Red Cross Burundi, nutritional support is still provided to our HIV positive beneficiaries.

Maternity Ward Building

In the month of February 2019, nothing new was added to our building project. We need to raise at least $20,000USD to continue with this project.

Improving Women’s Reproductive Health (IWRH)

FWA community health workers and FWA staff have continued to mobilize people for HIV voluntary test and family planning.

Action on Gender-Based Violence (AGBV)

There was preparation to conduct an external evaluation of this project since 2014.

Medical Team

CONSULTATIONS

91 cases were consulted by our medical doctors, including 22 children, 42 adults and 27 HIV positive people. 27 came for medical consultation and 5 came for medical follow up after they after they started ARVs treatment. The nurse received 344patients including 223 adults and 121 children.

LABORATORY

In the month of February 2019, apart from HIV voluntary testing, there were a total of 335 tests.

Test                            Test completed   Positive   Negative

G.E. Malaria test                137                56          81

Quick malaria test                20                13            7

ECBU  Urine test                 11                  9            2

Selles  Stool test                 22                 21           1

Pregnancy                          29                   9          20

Sero-widal  Typhoïd fever      51                 34          17

Glycémie  Diabetes               8                   5           3

RPR VDRL Syphillis            17                   0          17

Complete Blood Count         40                  15          25

                                     Total Tests: 335

FAMILY PLANNING

362 people received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse, including 274 old cases and 88 new ones. 316 received the contraceptive injection, 16 were given pills, 4 received implants, and 26 received male condoms.  

PRENATAL CONSULTATION (PNC)

In the month of February 2019, 35 women came for prenatal consultation (PNC), including 13 came for PNC 1, 6 for PNC 2, 7 for PNC 3 and 3 came for PNC 4. 

Anti-Retroviral SITE

At the end of February 2019, we had 297 patients under retro drugs followed at NTASEKA clinic, including 240 women and 57men.

PHARMACY

FWA had all necessary medicines for the month of February 2019.

PSYCHOSOCIAL TEAM

In the month of February 2019, a total of 339 people received pre and post HIV test counseling and were tested for HIV; 44% of them were women and among the 12 people detected HIV positive 10 of them were women with 4% of seropositivity.

Total Number of People Tested: 339

Total Number of Women Tested: 148

% of People Tested Who Are Women: 44%

Average Age:  27

Median Age: 26

Total HIV+ : 12

Total HIV- : 327

Number of Women HIV+ : 10

Total % Seropositivity: 4%

% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 7%

 

Meeting of one of the 35 Self-Help Groups
Meeting of one of the 35 Self-Help Groups
Annual Meeting of Self-Help Group that saved $1914
Annual Meeting of Self-Help Group that saved $1914
Session of Street Business School
Session of Street Business School
Parfaite welcomes HIV+ beneficiaries to clinic.
Parfaite welcomes HIV+ beneficiaries to clinic.
Session on caring for HIV+ people
Session on caring for HIV+ people
Nutritional support supplied by Red Cross.
Nutritional support supplied by Red Cross.
Maternity Ward Building needs additional funding.
Maternity Ward Building needs additional funding.
Mobilization for family planning and HIV testing.
Mobilization for family planning and HIV testing.
Rape Survivors Support Group Self-Help meeting.
Rape Survivors Support Group Self-Help meeting.

Friends Women’s Association’s JANUARY 2019 Report

The section below summarizes the work done during the month of January 2019

ACTIVITIES

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)

At the end of January 2019, 31 self-help groups were functioning

In January 2019, there was an evaluation of GIRIYUJA and ISHAKA self-help groups. These two groups started in January 2018, and on their first day, ISHAKA members saved $5 as a group of 20 women. On January 21, 2019, they had a total capital of $845USD while GIRIYUJA had a total of $903USD as their capital.

Caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)

During this month of January 2019, medical follow up and home visits were done for our HIV positive people.

Through Red Cross Burundi, nutritional support is still provided to our HIV positive beneficiaries.

Maternity Ward Building

In the month of January 2019, nothing was added to our building project.

Improving Women’s Reproductive Health (IWRH)

FWA community health workers and FWA staff have continued to mobilize people for HIV voluntary test and family planning.

Two discussion groups were organized. Key populations were touched, including sex workers and their partners.

1. Sex Workers

Through voluntary test, no one was found HIV positive among the 16 sex workers did HIV voluntary test.

2. Sex Workers Partners

They discussed on HIV transmission forms and prevention. All of them did HIV voluntary test, and out of 16 people, two were found HIV positive. Since February 2019, they are under ARVs treatment at NTASEKA clinic.

Action on Gender-Based Violence (AGBV)

The GBV local facilitators in Giheta, Gitega province have continued to educate people to raise awareness against GBV. They also give counselling to both the survivors and the perpetrators of GBV.

Medical Team

CONSULTATIONS

87 cases were consulted by our medical doctors, including 29 children, 32 adults and 26 HIV positive people. The nurse received 386 patients including 273 adults and 113 children.

LABORATORY

In the month of January 2019, apart from HIV voluntary testing, there were a total of 320 tests.

Test                           Test completed    Positive   Negative

G.E .Malaria test                127                47          80

Quick malaria test               16                  9            7

ECBU Urine test                 13                 13            0

Selles Stool test                 32                 29            3

Pregnancy                         33                 14           19

Sero-widal Typhoïd fever      44                 27           17

Glycémie Diabetes             22                  8            14

RPR VDRL (Syphillis)          8                   0              8

Complete Blood Count        25                  -               -

                                     Total Tests: 320

FAMILY PLANNING

354 people received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse, including 238 old cases and 116 new ones. 301 received the contraceptive injection, 37 were given pills, 1 received implant, 2 received collar method and 13 received male condoms. 

PRENATAL CONSULTATION (PNC)

In the month of January 2019, 30 women came for prenatal consultation (PNC), including 11 came for PNC 1, 11 for PNC 2, 7 for PNC 3 and 1 came for PNC 4. 

Anti-Retroviral SITE

At the end of January 2019, we had 290 patients under retro drugs followed at NTASEKA clinic, including 235 women and 55 men.

PHARMACY

FWA had all necessary medicines for the month of January 2019.

PSYCHOSOCIAL TEAM

In the month of January 2019, a total of 175 people received pre and post HIV test counseling and were tested for HIV; 57% of them were women and out of the 10 people detected HIV positive 8 were women with 6% of seropositivity.

Total Number of People Tested: 175

Total Number of Women Tested: 99

% of People Tested Who Are Women: 57%

Average Age:  28

Median Age: 27

Total HIV+ : 10

Total HIV- : 165

Number of Women HIV+ : 8

Total % Seropositivity: 6%

% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 8%

Status of Maternity Clinic as cement cures.
Status of Maternity Clinic as cement cures.
Presentation on Women
Presentation on Women' Reproductive Health.
Role play at women
Role play at women's reproductive health seminar.
Discussion group for sex workers.
Discussion group for sex workers.
Discussion group for partners of sex workers.
Discussion group for partners of sex workers.
Visit FWA GBV trained facilitators.
Visit FWA GBV trained facilitators.

The Friends Women's Association would like to that the 49 people who between November 27 and December 31 donated $5142.14 to FWA through GlobalGiving.

The section below summarizes the work done during the month of December 2018.

 ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM and Guests

On December 18, 2018 a team of three people from Quaker Service Norway (Roger Cassidy, Anne Britt Stromnes and Emilie Hognestad Sennels) visited FWA. The objective was to introduce Anne Britt Stromnes, the new QSN coordinator who will be replacing Kristine Hovland for 18 months. The following day on December 19, 2018, we went in the countryside with the team to visit FWA GBV trained facilitators.

ACTIVITIES

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)

At the end of December 2018, 30 self-help groups were functioning.

One self-help group shared their annual benefit on December 31, 2018.

Street Business School

In the month of December 2018, one session on street business was done

Caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)

During this month of December 2018, medical follow up and home visits were done for our HIV positive people.

Through Red Cross Burundi, nutritional support is still provided to our HIV positive beneficiaries. The 2018 annual report was produced.

Maternity Ward Building

In the month of December 2018, we have continued our building project.

See pictures of progress.

Improving Women’s Reproductive Health (IWRH)

FWA community health workers and FWA staff have continued to mobilize people for HIV voluntary test and family planning.

Six discussion groups were organized. Key populations were touched, including sex workers and their partners, breastfeeding HIV positive women and drugs’ users.

Sex workers

16 out of 20 sex workers did HIV voluntary test, and three of them were found HIV positive.

Sex Workers and their Partners

They discussed on HIV transmission forms and prevention. Here, seven participants did HIV voluntary test, and no one was found HIV positive.

People Infected with HIV/AIDS, including breastfeeding women

These were breastfeeding HIV positive women. The topic that was discussed is the prevention of the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child from conception to weaning.

These were HIV positive people Topics covered: inobservance & Behavior, difference between seropositivity and AIDS disease. Through discussion, participants have understood that some of them are lazy; they don’t do anything to survive and then they become poor. Others are alcoholic. All those behaviors lead to inobservance. The facilitator has explained that inobservance is when someone takes his/her medicine irregularly. So, there is high risk for opportunistic infections and even death. That is why she has encouraged participants to take their medicine every day and always at the same time.

Drugs’ users

After discussing about the modes of HIV/AIDS transmission, these people who are using drugs and sex workers were encouraged to do HIV voluntary test. Out of 20 drugs’ users, 11 did HIV voluntary test, and two of them had syphilis.

Action on Gender-Based Violence (AGBV)

In the month of December 2018, the campaign of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence was done. For the first time, FWA was able to be actively present in three different communities on 6 to7 December 2018 at Kibimba, Kibogoye and Matongo. Then, there was a fourth session to raise awareness against GBV in the presence of our guests from Quaker Service Norway. 

The objective was to empower our GBV local facilitators and to introduce in their respective local communities publicly. Under the support of FWA, these facilitators (local elected leaders and church leaders) worked together to organize the public ceremonies by themselves. Actually, they have now taken this program as their own.

Medical Team

CONSULTATIONS

73 cases were consulted by our medical doctors, including 19 children, 35 adults and 19 HIV positive people. The nurse received 322 patients including 227 adults and 95 children.

On December 4-9, 2018, there was a ten days vaccination campaign against meningitis for people between 0 and 29 years. At Ntaseka clinic, a total of 4669 people was achieved.

LABORATORY

In the month of December 2018, apart from HIV voluntary testing, there were a total of 287 tests.

Test                                Test completed  Positive  Negative

G.E. -- Malaria test                    78              23          55

Quick malaria test                     12                7            5

ECBU -- Urine test                     10               7            3

Selles -- Stool test                     21              21           0       

Pregnancy                                39              14          25

Sero-widal -- Typhoïd fever          41              26          15

Glycémie -- Diabetes                 11                4            7

RPR VDRL -- Syphillis               68               1           60

Complete Blood Count                7                 -             -                    

FAMILY PLANNING

355 people received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse, including 250 old cases and 105 new ones. 287 received the contraceptive injection, 24 were given pills, 7 received implants, 4 received collar method and 33 received male condoms. 

PRENATAL CONSULTATION (PNC)

In the month of December 2018, 28 women came for prenatal consultation (PNC), including 8 came for PNC 1, 12 for PNC 2, 4 for PNC 3 and 4 came for PNC 4. 

Anti-Retroviral SITE

At the end of December 2018, we had 284 patients under retro drugs followed at NTASEKA clinic, including 229 women and 55 men.

PHARMACY

FWA had all necessary medicines for the month of December 2018.

PSYCHOSOCIAL TEAM

In the month of December 2018, a total of 60 people received pre and post HIV test counseling and were tested for HIV; 72% of them were women and all the 6 people detected HIV positive were women with 10% of seropositivity.

Total Number of People Tested: 60

Total Number of Women Tested: 43

% of People Tested Who Are Women: 72%

Average Age:  25

Median Age: 25

Total HIV+ : 6

Total HIV- : 54

Number of Women HIV+ : 6

Total % Seropositivity: 10%

% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 14%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rape Survivors Support Group Self-Help meeting.
Rape Survivors Support Group Self-Help meeting.
One self-help group shared their annual benefit.
One self-help group shared their annual benefit.
Delivery of food from Red Cross for HIV+ people.
Delivery of food from Red Cross for HIV+ people.
Laying concrete slab for maternity ward.
Laying concrete slab for maternity ward.
Laying concrete slab for maternity ward.
Laying concrete slab for maternity ward.
Completed slab for the maternity ward.
Completed slab for the maternity ward.
Mobilization for family planning and HIV testing.
Mobilization for family planning and HIV testing.
Discussion group for sex workers.
Discussion group for sex workers.
Action on Gender Based Violence
Action on Gender Based Violence
Meningitis campaign serving 4669 people.
Meningitis campaign serving 4669 people.
 

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Friends Women's Association

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NTAHUBA PARFAITE
Bujumbura, Burundi

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