Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum

by Friends Women's Association
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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

“My name is Aline. I was living a very difficult life. I was always asking for money from my husband in order to feed my children. He often gave me his money with insults telling me that I’m nothing. The, I decided to ask for a small loan of BIF120, 000 from our SHG. When they gave me the money, I started as mall restaurant. There I prepare rice, cassava leaves, meat beans and other.  My daily benefit is between BIF12, 000 and BIF20,000. Every week, I’m able to pay back a small part of the loan I received. Our SHG has done very good things to me. I will never leave them”.

“My name is Jacqueline. I have three daughters. They are 17, 15 and 13 years old. When I heard that we have sessions on sexual and reproductive health (SRH), I invited all of them to be part of the SHGs so that they can benefit from the training sessions. Indeed, we mothers are often afraid to discuss with our daughters about SRH. I brought them so that they cannot have unwanted pregnancies. I would invite other mothers to encourage their daughters at Ntaseka clinic.”

 

“My mother was a sex worker. We were 6 children from different fathers. My father refused that I am his child and my mother threw us where she wants.She got married and took me with her because I was the smallest child.  In their married life, there was no peace it was always quarrel.  One day they threw hot coals on me. I wished to be dead.

One day I decide to leave mom because I have seen enough. I took refuge in Bujumbura to look for a job. I worked as a housekeeper; I became beautiful and the boys started flirting with me. This is how I had a child and his father refused to know him as his son because I and the man were from two different ethnic groups.

After this rejection then my life was to go from one house to another. One day I found a house that is under construction and I lived there. I got to know a man who married me but he had another wife. I suffered all kinds of violence; He was beating me for no reason. When he got home he was using his fingers in my sex to check that I had sex with another man.  When he found it was very wet, he hit me. He put me under the chair, to beat me.  It was so hard. He always told me that he will kill me. To this, it was added my sterility problem. I could not have a child with him; he always insults me because of that. After 6 years this man left me and I started my own life from zero. Now, live in peace although I still have financial issues”


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I got married to a man who ended up marrying another woman and he rejected me with my child. I was in village; I depended on the agriculture of my husband's fields. This means that I did not have where to go and decide go back to my family.

In the Burundian tradition when you return to your family you are the shame of the family their call you “IGISUBIRAMUHIRA” meaning that you are something which returns back home.  My mother told me that it is my fault: a real Burundian woman must tolerate all kinds of violence in her marriage. I thought that I supported my husband with all my strength and besides that it was he who chased me away. Then, I decided to suffer in my own family: my mother insulted me day and night and my brothers beat me and  they told me that I am an incapable woman , that I came back to share their fields.

I saw that I have no future and I decided to leave my family's house without saying goodbye. I came here in Bujumbura looking for a job. I left my child with my mother; I told to myself that my mother will not mistreat my child. I work as a maid.

As s in my head was this idea that I am incapable. I had the feeling to try marriage again so that I can be accepted in my family. That’s how I married a flattering man. Arrived in his house I found that he was living in a small room with another man. We used all three to sleep on one a mattress; you cannot imagine the scenario.

He was beating, me insulting me and one day he stabbed me in the head. I bled so much that my neighbors forced him to take me to the hospital and the police jailed him.From that day he told me that he will do a bad thing to me that I'll remember all my life.

Until now I live this life it has not changed and I have to endure this to save the honor of my family. I will never divorce again”. I appreciate being here to meet people who have similar problems. I feel I'm not alone.


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“I was a girl who dreamed of having a good marriage like others. I lived here in Bujumbura and am a practicing catholic. I got to know a man who led us in the choir and he proposed me to marry him. For me, he was a man of my dream.  I introduced him to my family and we got married legally.

I got pregnant and he took a 6 year old girl in our house saying that she is a maid. It was through her that I knew she was his child. I had a shock in my heart. I found out that he had a wife in the countryside with six children. Then conflicts started in our couple; he beat me, he insulted me, he does not pay the rent.

I ended up being separated from him because I no longer supported him. I just started my life alone with my child. I suffer but I had the courage in this workshop, while I was hearing  the testimonies from other women who endured more than me I have felt that I must strugglr with life alone”

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Plastering of inside walls of maternity ward.
Plastering of inside walls of maternity ward.

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COVID-19 AND NTASEKA CLINIC

In the month February 2021, Friends Women’s Association has continued to apply Covid-19 restrictions at Ntaseka Clinic for both the staff and the beneficiaries’ protection.

ACTIVITIES

Caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)

In the month of February 2021, medical follow up and home visits were done for our HIV positive people.

Maternity Ward Building

In the month of February 2021, with the support from the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC), we have continued the concreting and plastering of Ntaseka clinic maternity ward walls. The installation of electricity and plumbing work are done at the same time. 

Improving Women’s Reproductive Health (IWRH)

FWA community health workers and FWA staff have continued to educate men, women and young people on the importance of family planning.

One discussion group for young girls was done on February 18th, 2021.

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)

In the month of February 2021, three new self-help groups (SHGs) were created in Kamenge and eight SHGs were created in Nyabiraba. At the end of February 2021, we had a total of 125 SHGs in Kamenge, Bujumbura Mairie province for a total of 2938 women and eight SHGs for 188 women in Nyabiraba commune, Bujumbura province. 

HROC Workshop (Febuary22-24, 2021)

Facilitators: MISAGO Gisele and HORANIMANA Grace

Testimony

“I still remember as if I was raped yesterday. I was innocent, kind, virgin and a well-educated daughter that was raised by a strict mom.

One day, I was with my friends. We came from school, and then we met with a respected man. He hugged me like someone who knew me and he told me that he has something that my brother who lives in Bujumbura sent that I can go and take. Without any reflection, I followed him and he told me to pass by a bar to take something to drink.

I remember that he gave me a Fanta and I woke up at 2 am in the room that I didn’t know covered by blood. I was very traumatized and started shouting loudly. The people came and the police got this man. What made my trauma worse was my family; as we saw in this workshop, they did not listen to me well. They believed the rumours, nobody wanted to understand me.

They beat me several times. When my brothers came back from Bujumbura they also beat me nearly to death. There were sessions of being beaten. People who came from church or market took pleasure in looking at how I was beaten.

They used to speak to me hurtful words. My mother cursed me. She refused me to study and I became a slave in my own family. Society and family discriminated against me. I explained what happened in justice and the man was punished with 25 years in prison, but my family did not believe in me. I had young men who wanted to marry me but my mother told them my story and they rejected me.

I finally made the decision to leave everything and go to the place where no one knows me. I took refuge in Rumonge Province. There, I found a husband who loves me but my heart continues to bleed. I lost my studies and my family, even my mother does not know my child.

Yesterday, when you listened to me I felt free from this stone that was in my heart”.

GROWING RICE

During the second season, FWA was able to harvest one ton and a half of rice.

ACTION ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (AGBV)

In the month of February 2021, there was preparation of the 2021 proposal to present to the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC).

MEDICAL TEAMCONSULTATIONS

Our medical doctors consulted with 148 cases, including 93 adults (38 men and 55 women), 33 children (18 boys and 15 girls), 9 HIV positive people and 13 pregnant women for ultrasound. The nurse received 320 patients including 218 adults and 102 children.

LABORATORY

In February 2021, apart from HIV voluntary testing, there were a total of 230 tests. See attached chart.

FAMILY PLANNING

448 people received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse, including 279 old cases and 169 new ones. 340 received the contraceptive injection, 71 were given pills, 24 received male condoms, 12 received implants, and 1 received UID

PRENATAL CONSULTATION (PNC)

In the month of February 2021, 38 women came for prenatal consultation (PNC), including 10 who came for PNC 1, 15 for PNC 2 and 6 for PNC 3 and 7 for PNC 4.

24 pregnant women came for the ultrasound test.                       

ANTI-RETROVIRAL SITE

At the end of January 2021, we had 330 patients under retro drugs followed at NTASEKA clinic, including 267 women and 63 men.

PHARMACY

Regarding medications, FWA was able to purchase the minimum needed medicine.

PSYCHOSOCIAL TEAM

In the month of February 2021, a total of 32 people received pre and post HIV test counselling and were tested for HIV. Out of the total number, 66% were women and one woman out of the two people detected HIV positive with 5% of seropositivity.

Total Number of People Tested: 32

Total Number of Women Tested: 21

% of People Tested Who Are Women: 66%

Average Age:  27

Median Age:  26,5

Total HIV+ :  2

Total HIV- : 30

Number of Women HIV+ : 1

Total % Seropositivity: 6%

% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 5%

Seminar for young girls on reproductive health.
Seminar for young girls on reproductive health.
Meeting of self-help group.
Meeting of self-help group.
The rice harvest of a self-help group.
The rice harvest of a self-help group.
Chart of February labatory tests.
Chart of February labatory tests.
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Protection equipment from Covid-19.
Protection equipment from Covid-19.

COVID-19 AND NTASEKA CLINIC

In the month January 2021, Friends Women’s Association has continued to apply Covid-19 restrictions at Ntaseka Clinic for both the staff and the beneficiaries’ protection. John Gould Family Foundation has again provided to Ntaseka clinic 500 disposable gloves, 500 surgical masks, 200 KN 95 masks, 15 aprons and 1 infrared thermometer. 

ACTIVITIESCaring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)

In the month of January 2021, medical follow up and home visits were done for our HIV positive people.

Maternity Ward Building

In the month of January 2021, with the support from the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC), we have started the concreting and plastering of Ntaseka clinic maternity ward walls.

Improving Women’s Reproductive Health (IWRH)

FWA community health workers and FWA staff have continued to educate men, women and young people on the importance of family planning.

One discussion group for young girls was done on January 21st, 2021.

One discussion group for girls mothers was done on January 28th, 2021

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)

At the end of January 2021, we had a total of 122 Self-Help Groups for a total of 2863 women.

One trauma healing workshop was done. Facilitators were MISAGO Gisele and HORANIMANA Grace.

Stories

“I am a woman who knows how to do business I had a lot of dreams. Unfortunately my husband wasted everything. My husband loved me but I don't know what he suddenly changed him. He started to beat me and to be irresponsible; he wasted the family richness. He no longer gave me food while he refused me to work. My children lacked what to eat until they vomited because they were starving.

I began to look for a small capital to work so that I can feed my children. I started saving until I got 3 million Burundi Francs. I wanted to buy a plot of land, and I told him about this project.  I went myself to withdraw the money in my account; I gave the money to husband to buy the plot. One of my coworkers called me to tell me that my husband was with another woman in a hotel. I got ready and took the road and saw my husband with my own eyes with another woman. I asked him where is the money of the plot he did not answer me. I spent sleepless nights crying. From there I understood that my husband became a monster I even thought to kill him.

I sold my place in the market because of him, I worked in the street in town and the police forbid us to work there, the goods were taken from me many times and I was even imprisoned because of that but he didn't come to see me. When I gave birth I managed to pay the hospital bills he didn't even come to see a baby

Conflicts became unbearable until we’ve separated. Now, I live with my six children, he does not know how my children live.”

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“I and my husband were alcoholic, and in our house there was always quarrels.  Because I want peace I stopped drinking alcohol; I have become a Christian but that didn't change anything, my husband continued to mistreat me.

I am a legally married woman but I am unhappy. An incident that happened three months ago:  we were discussing about a woman who lives in our house and my husband kicked me several times until I became unconscious. I found myself in the hospital. I couldn't walk. I was given a lot of medicine but in vain I spent 2 months on my bed. I was going to die.

I was transferred to a bigger hospital for an operation but I could not pay the bill, and I went back home. By the grace of God one day I saw black things coming from my wound and I went to the hospital for treatment and I was healed after few days.

I was forced by people to put him in jail but I thought about my children; I'm sick I can't work but my husband is going to feed my children. That’s why I didn’t go to courts.

The doctor told me that I must not sleep with my husband again. Even the local authorities told me that I must be separated with this man. This is how we separated each one lives in his room”.

Recommendations

  • A follow up of participant is needed 
  • An evaluation to measure the impact of HROC on participant is needed.

Lessons Learned:

Many of the participants are victims of domestic violence; they live with their husbands who are actors of their violence which complicates their healing process.

ACTION ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (GBV)

In the month of January 2021, the final reports were produced to the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC).

MEDICAL TEAM CONSULTATIONS

Our medical doctors consulted with 122 cases, including 57 adults (18 men and 39 women), 20 children (10 boys and 10 girls), 21 HIV positive people and 24 pregnant women for ultrasound. The nurse received 320patients including 218 adults and 102 children.

LABORATORY

In January 2021, apart from HIV voluntary testing, there were a total of 300 tests. See attached chart.

FAMILY PLANNING

522 people received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse, including 279 old cases and 181 new ones. 302 received the contraceptive injection, 44 were given pills, 151 received male condoms, 23 received implants, and 1 received UID

PRENATAL CONSULTATION (PNC)

In the month of January 2021, 33 women came for prenatal consultation (PNC), including 14 who came for PNC 1, 9 for PNC 2 and 9 for PNC 3 and 1 for PNC 4.

24 pregnant women came for the ultrasound test.                       

ANTI-RETROVIRAL SITE

At the end of January 2021, we had 330 patients under retro drugs followed at NTASEKA clinic, including 267 women and 63 men.

PHARMACY

Regarding medications, FWA was able to purchase the minimum needed medicine.

PSYCHOSOCIAL TEAM

In the month of January 2021, a total of 60 people received pre and post HIV test counselling and were tested for HIV.

Total Number of People Tested: 60

Total Number of Women Tested: 46

% of People Tested Who Are Women: 77%

Average Age:  27

Median Age:  26

Total HIV+ :  7

Total HIV- : 53

Number of Women HIV+ : 6

Total % Seropositivity: 12%

% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 13%

Plastering of inside walls of maternity ward.
Plastering of inside walls of maternity ward.
Pastering of outside walls of maternity ward
Pastering of outside walls of maternity ward
Family planning discussion group
Family planning discussion group
Self-help group in session.
Self-help group in session.
Trauma healing workshop for rape survivors.
Trauma healing workshop for rape survivors.
Chart of January Labatory tests
Chart of January Labatory tests
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