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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
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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
Maternity ward construction from street side.
Maternity ward construction from street side.

The section below summarizes the work done during the month of January 2020.

ACTIVITIES            

Caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)

During this month of January 2020, medical follow up and home visits were done for our HIV positive people.

Maternity Ward Building

FWA members have organized themselves to complete the walls of the second story. The pictures show the progress of our building project.

In the month of December 2019, we were able to raise some funds for this building project through GlobalGiving. The next step is the rafters and iron sheets.

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.

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)

One three-day trauma healing workshop was done in January 2020.

My name is Goreth. I have experienced much violence in my home. I was always beaten by my husband. He even burnt my clothes.One day he beat me until I aborted. My neighbors found me when I was bleeding a lot. They transported me to the hospital but my baby was already dead. I didn't even see him because I had lost my consciousness. He sold our plot without notifying me. I have tried many times to go back home. But since my parents no longer exist, my brother refused to let me live with him. He told me that it's this way that a home is made. One day I sold the pots I used to cook. This is how a got a small capital to start business. Now I have divorced. Now I’m renting a house and I’m raising my kids alone.

Self-Help Groups

At the end of January 2020, we had a total of 70 self-help groups for a total of 1628 women.

Nine new SHGs were initiated in the month of January 2020.

Action on Gender-Based Violence (AGBV)

Annual reports were produced and sent to Quaker Service Norway (QSN) and the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC)

MEDICAL TEAM CONSULTATIONS

157 cases were consulted by our medical doctors, including 89 adults (54 women and 35 men), 32 children (18 girls and 14 boys), 20 HIV positive people and 16 pregnant women for ultrasound. The nurse received 416patients including 260 adults and 156 children.

LABORATORY

In the month of January 2020, apart from HIV voluntary testing, there were a total of 415 tests.

Test                               Test completed    Positive     Negative

G.E. Malaria test                    176                55             121

Quick malaria test                    29                  5               24

ECBU Urine test                       20                17                3

Selles Stool test                       36                34                2

Pregnancy                                46                15              31

Sero-widal Typhoïd fever             65                44              21

Glycémie Diabetes                    15                  8                7

RPR VDRL (Syphillis)                17                  0              17

Complete Blood Count               11                  8                3

                                     Total Tests: 415

FAMILY PLANNING

427 people received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse, including 279 old cases and 148 new ones. 331 received the contraceptive injection, 40 were given pills, 47 received male condoms, and 9 received implant.

PRENATAL CONSULTATION (PNC)

In the month of January 2020, 35 women came for prenatal consultation (PNC), including 17 who came for PNC 1, 5 for PNC 2 and 9 for PNC 3 and 4 for PNC 4 

16 pregnant women came for the ultrasound test.                    

ANTI-RETROVIRAL SITE

At the end of January 2020, 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 2020, a total of 68 people received pre and post HIV test counseling and were tested for HIV. Out of the total number, 69% were women and the two people detected HIV positive were women, with 3% of seropositivity.

Total Number of People Tested: 68

Total Number of Women Tested: 47

% of People Tested Who Are Women: 69%

Average Age:  28

Median Age:  28,5

Total HIV+ :  2

Total HIV- : 66

Number of Women HIV+: 2

Total % Seropositivity: 3%

% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 4%

 

 

 

 

 

View of second story of the maternity ward.
View of second story of the maternity ward.
Self-help group meeting
Self-help group meeting
List of 9 new Self-Help Groups.
List of 9 new Self-Help Groups.
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New Ultrasound machine donated to Ntaseka Clinic.
New Ultrasound machine donated to Ntaseka Clinic.

Note: On Giving Tuesday Friends Women's Association received 3 donations for $550 with bonus of $203.50 for a total of $753.70. In addition there was a Just Trust donation of $1179.The Maternity Ward received 4 donations for $745 with bonus of $275.65 for a total of $1020.65.The Women and Girls project received 3 donations for $400 with bonus of $148.00 for a total of $548.00. These donations total $3501.35.

Donation of Ultrasound Machine: To strengthen our prenatal consultation service, an ultrasound was provided to NtasekaClinic  by John Gould Family Foundation, a new partnering organization.    

 On November 12, 2019  a meeting was held at the Ntaseka Clinic with pregnant women who are doing antenatal consultations at NTASEKA Clinic.The meeting started at 1 pm. 32 pregnant women were present.We started with the introduction and the description of FWA and Ntaseka clinic. The purpose of this meeting was the announcement of the receipt of an ultrasound machine which will facilitate pregnant women in Kamenge and its surroundings. All other prenatal check-ups were available except for Obstetric Ultrasound. Many thanks to John Gould Family Foundation.

Testimony:

My name is Anitha. I am 32 years old and attended the meeting for pregnant women on ultrasound. I was coming for the first time to NTASEKA clinic because I heard that there is something for pregnant women living near Ntaseka clinic.I took advantage of the meeting before joining the antenatal service for the first time. I’m now beyond eight months pregnant. This is my 4th pregnancy. I admit having neglected this pregnancy because I have conflicts with the author of my pregnancy. I usually have no problems when I am pregnant. My last 3 pregnancies have gone on without any complications. These are the reasons why I have not come for antenatal consultations.   

The section below summarizes the work done during the month of November 2019.

A LEARNING EXPOSURE IN SOUTH SUDAN

Under the support of Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), a delegation of five people from Quaker Peace Network (QPN) Burundi joined Mel Duncan (Cofounder of NP) for a field exposure in South Sudan from October 29th, 2019 to November 10th, 2019. The purpose was to learn how Unarmed Civilian Protection skills are used on the ground. The result was that we came up with a proposal for the 2020 elections monitoring.

ACTIVITIES            

Caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)

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

Maternity Ward Building

Under the support of the African Great Lakes Initiatives of the Friends Peace Teams, we have started building the walls of the second floor. Unfortunately, the funds were finished before they were completed.

The bill of the next steps appears as follows:

  • To complete the walls of the second floor, we still need $2600. (Note: this has been raised.)
  • frame: $4,000
  • 120 Iron Sheets: $2760 (23$/sheet)

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.

Now, even Media were invited so that the information can reach more people

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)

One three-day trauma healing workshop was done on November 28-30, 2019.

TESTIMONY

My name is Languide. I have graduated from high school, but I didn’t find a job. As my parents were always quarrelling, I didn’t manage to stay at home in the countryside. I have been jobless for two years. I left home when my father started to attack me complaining that he wasted his money when he paid school fees for a girl.  My heart was so heavy because of his words that I fled from home. When I arrived here in Bujumbura, I had already in mind to marry any man I met because of economic problems. Then I got married to a husband who lied to me that he was still single. I got pregnant, and when my delivery date was close, he left me in the house alone. The owner of the house kicked me out because I had no means to pay the rent. I have suffered a lot before I had my baby. Now, I have managed to run small business, and we can survive with my kid.

At the end of November 2019, we had a total of 60 self-help groups for a total of 1415 women

On November 22, 2019 one self-help group whose name is TUGWIZUMWIBU shared their annual benefit. Their capital was BIF 3.573.600 ($2102). The benefits were BIF1.342.400 ($791). Each one received BIF61.000 ($36).

Action on Gender-Based Violence (AGBV)

During the month of November 2019, three workshops on national rules on families and homes were done for a total of 60 young people.
MEDICAL TEAMCONSULTATIONS

122 cases were consulted by our medical doctors, including 79 adults (48 women and 31 men), 22 children (9 girls and 13 boys) and 21 HIV positive people.  The nurse received 267patients including 191 adults and 76 children.

LABORATORY

In the month of November 2019, apart from HIV voluntary testing, there were a total of 229 tests.

Test                       Test completed   Positive   Negative

G.E. Malaria test             87                38           49

Quick malaria test           11                   7            4

ECBU Urine test               8                    7           1

Selles Stool test               20                19            1

Pregnancy                       30                12           18

Sero-widal Typhoïd fever    47                27           20

Glycémie  Diabetes          12                 6             6

RPR VDRL Syphillis         13                 0           13

Complete Blood Count        1                 1             0

                                     Total Tests: 229

FAMILY PLANNING

360 people received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse, including 246 old cases and 114 new ones. 287 received the contraceptive injection, 29 were given pills, 2 received IUD, 38 received male condoms, and 4 received implant.

PRENATAL CONSULTATION (PNC)

In the month of November 2019, 33 women came for prenatal consultation (PNC), including 10 who came for PNC 1, 11 for PNC 2 and 6 for PNC 3 and 6 for PNC 4 

ANTI-RETROVIRAL SITE

At the end of November 2019, 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 November 2019, a total of 60 people received pre and post HIV test counseling and were tested for HIV. Out of the total number, 65% were women and all the four people detected HIV positive were women, with 7% of seropositivity.

Total Number of People Tested: 60

Total Number of Women Tested: 39

% of People Tested Who Are Women: 65%

Average Age:  29

Median Age:  28

Total HIV+ :  4

Total HIV- : 56

Number of Women HIV+ : 4

Total % Seropositivity: 7%

% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 10%

 

 

 

 

Progress of building second story wall.
Progress of building second story wall.
Public meeting on importance of family planning.
Public meeting on importance of family planning.
HROC workshop for rape survivors support group.
HROC workshop for rape survivors support group.
Workshop on national rules on families and homes.
Workshop on national rules on families and homes.
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Parfaite after talk at Providence Friends Meeting.
Parfaite after talk at Providence Friends Meeting.

HEADS UP: December 3 is Giving Tuesday and GlobalGiving will be matching all donations on that day at 25% to 50% depending upon the total amount donated. GlobalGiving has a total of $500,000 in matching funds to distribute so it would be beneficial that FWA receive some of these funds.

Please remember to make your year-end donation to the Friends Women's Associaiton on Giving Tuesday!

The section below summarizes the work done during the month of October 2019.

SPEAKING TOURS IN THE UNITED STATES

Under the support of the African Great Lakes Initiatives (AGLI) of the Friends Peace Teams, the national coordinator of Friends Women’s Association (FWA), NTAHUBA Parfaite has continued to do speaking tours in the United States both in schools and in Friends meetings.

ACTIVITIES             Caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)

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

Maternity Ward Building

We are now finished with bricking the first floor of the maternity ward building. Now,with the support from the African Great Lakes Initiatives of the Friends Peace teams, we have started building the walls of the second floor.

The estimated costs of the next steps are as follows:

  • To complete the walls of the second floor, we still need $2600
  • frame for roof: $4,000
  • 120 Iron Sheets: $2760 (23$/sheet)

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.

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)

At the end of October 2019, we had a total of 54 self-help groups for a total of 1280 women

One self-help group is called EJO NI HEZA (TORRORROW LOOKS GOOD). They started with a capital of BIF13,000 (US$17). After one year on October 29, 2019, their capital was BIF3,185,800 (US$4138).

Action on Gender-Based Violence (AGBV)

During the month of October 2019, a preparation of November 2019 activities was done. MEDICAL TEAM CONSULTATIONS

120 cases were consulted by our medical doctors, including 85 adults (45 women and 40 men), 23 children (14 girls and 9 boys) and 12 HIV positive people.  The nurse received 215patients including 154 adults and 61 children.

LABORATORY

In the month of October 2019, apart from HIV voluntary testing, there were a total of 147 tests.

Test                        Test completed   Positive  Negative

G.E. Malaria test              53               20           33

Quick malaria test              7                1              6

ECBU Urine test               12                9             3

Selles Stool test               13               13            0

Pregnancy                        17               12            5

Sero-widal Typhoïd fever     27               21            6

Glycémie Diabetes             6                 3             5

RPR VDRL (Syphillis)       10                 0           10

Complete Blood Count        2                 2             0

Total Tests: 147

FAMILY PLANNING

368 people received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse, including 254 old cases and 114 new ones. 301 received the contraceptive injection, 30 were given pills, 36 received male condoms, and 1 received implant.

PRENATAL CONSULTATION (PNC)

In the month of October 2019, 33 women came for prenatal consultation (PNC), including 10 who came for PNC 1, 11 for PNC 2 and 6 for PNC 3 and 6 for PNC 4 

ANTI-RETROVIRAL SITE

At the end of October 2019, we had 327 patients under retro drugs followed at NTASEKA clinic, including 264 women and 63 men.

PHARMACY

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

PSYCHOSOCIAL TEAM

In the month of October 2019, a total of 79 people received pre and post HIV test counseling and were tested for HIV. Out of the total number, 71% were women and all the three people detected HIV positive were women, with 4% of seropositivity.

Total Number of People Tested: 79

Total Number of Women Tested: 56

% of People Tested Who Are Women: 71%

Average Age:  27

Median Age:  26

Total HIV+ :  3

Total HIV- : 76

Number of Women HIV+ : 3

Total % Seropositivity: 4%

% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 5%

Second floor of maternity ward
Second floor of maternity ward
TOMORROW LOOKS GOOD self-help group
TOMORROW LOOKS GOOD self-help group
Self-help group dividing annual distribution.
Self-help group dividing annual distribution.
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Women's self-help support group
Women's self-help support group

From Friends Journal October issue on Friends in Africa. To see the original please click here. Reprinted with permission of Friends Journal.

Empowering Women against Genderbased Violence

By Parfaite Ntahuba on October 1, 2019

Photos by Teddy Ruberintwari/Rwaga Agency.

The Story of Burundi’s Friends Women’s Association

My name is Diana. I was told that my mother threw me away when I was two months old because she and my father were always fighting. I grew up feeling that I was rejected. I got married to a soldier who has been fighting in the forest. He has now a disability in one of his legs. He has been very abusive toward me. Most of the time, he locks me in our room and beats me with his belt. I have a lot of scars all over my skin. He says I have nowhere to go because even my mother threw me away. One day, he was caught in adultery with a sex worker. He paid 100,000 Burundi francs to be released. However, he never provides for me and our two kids. I have to wash some people’s clothes in order to survive. I’m now using birth control, as it is very hard to survive with my two kids. I’m very thankful for this workshop. Most people think that I live peacefully with my husband because I have not revealed to them the way I’m surviving. This is my first time sharing this story in a group of people.

In 2002, the women from the Evangelical Friends Church were touched by the many interconnected challenges faced by the people of Kamenge, a neighborhood in the Bujumbura Mairie Province of Burundi. These difficulties include high rates of HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, and widow and femaleheaded households. There is also sexual and genderbased violence, little access to public services and employment, and psychosocial trauma resulting from war. This is how the Friends Women’s Association (FWA) started. It is a womenled organization that helps women to rebuild their lives and to care for each other.

I am the national coordinator of Friends Women’s Association. I grew up in a Catholic family. In 1993, a civil war began here in Burundi, in Central Africa, and lasted for more than ten years. Many people died, including my father, and we were forced to run from our home. We were internally displaced people (IDPs). We were hosted by a Quaker family. I experienced love and peace in that Quaker family. And in 1994, I joined the Quaker family.

There had been much violence in my family. My mother was often abused by my father. She was a homestay mother who worked very hard in the fields to provide food for the family, but she did not bring any money home. I was traumatized by my childhood. I hated violence. I thought my mother was abused because she had not received  education, which would have allowed her to get a job. This is the reason why I did my best to get a master’s degree in theological studies. Today, I’m one of only three women pastors from the Evangelical Friends Church of Burundi. One of the main reasons I was ordained as pastor was to break the gender barrier.

How did I join the Friends Women’s Association? We had been working with Ntamamiro Cassilde (Cassie), the founder of FWA. She was also the clerk of Rohero Evangelical Friends Church, and I was her assistant clerk. She often talked about FWA, and I was interested in a womenled organization. When Cassie left in 2006, Dr. Alexia Nibona succeeded her. In 2014, I became the FWA national coordinator. FWA is involved in healthcare and in peacebuilding.

FWA and Healthcare

FWA’s point of entry is health. We have two programs related to health: caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP) and Improving Women’s Reproductive Health (IWRH).

When FWA started in 2002, the target group was people infected with HIV/AIDS, especially women. It took 11 years (until September 2013) to be accredited by the Ministry of Health to dispense antiretroviral (ARV) treatment (ART). One of the main challenges to scaling up HIV services was that FWA didn’t have its own Complete Blood Count (CBC) machine, which establishes whether the body can handle the side effects from the ARV drugs.

At the end of December 2014, FWA had eight patients under ARV medication. Since July 2015, we have had great support from Vancouver Island (B.C.) Meeting, and today 302 HIV+ people are monitored at Ntaseka Clinic.

“I came here at Ntaseka Clinic weighing 35kg. Now I am 45kg. I was about to die, but God has used FWA to bring back my life,” said a patient named Orga after six months of ARV treatment.

We have recently extended our clinic to unveil a maternity ward to prevent the transmission from mother to child. Vancouver Island (B.C.) Meeting has provided 90 percent of the support. (We would like to call other Friends around the world to support this project. We need at least $20,000 per year to complete this project by 2020. As of this writing, we have only raised $2,500 this year.)

Burundi is a small country of 10,747 square miles and only 10.8 million people. One person subsists on less than $1.25 per day, according to the World Bank. Women suffer because of the lack of information on sexual and reproductive health. On average, each woman has six children, and around 1,071 babies are born each day. There is lots of conflict over land and even the spread of HIV/AIDS due to polygamy. This is the reason why FWA is now organizing outreach sessions to educate both men and women on the importance of birth control. In 2018, a total of 3,822 women received modern contraceptive methods at FWA’s Ntaseka Clinic, averaging 318 women per month. This should be celebrated, especially as we are working in a country in which the majority Roman Catholics are taught that birth control is a sin.

Genderbased Violence, an Alarming Challenge

Threeday workshop on human rights, women’s rights, and children’s rights under the support of Quaker Service Norway at the Ntaseka clinic training room this past June.

Many factors in Burundi contribute to the prevalence of genderbased violence (GBV). Women and girls in Burundi are widely viewed as inferior and often subjected to violence. In 2011, a study from the International Medical Corps named a number of factors which increase the vulnerability of young women and children to GBV: stress surrounding widespread poverty; limited access to job opportunities and land for cultivation; misconceptions regarding AIDS; and wrong beliefs such as one that claims having sex with a virgin can cure the disease. FWA realized that some women got HIV/AIDS through sexual violence through beneficiaries. By introducing a program called Rape Survivors Support (RSS), FWA worked to reintegrate rape survivors both psychologically and economically. GBV is rooted in our Burundian culture. For example, women are taught to keep quiet even if they suffer in their homes. That is why FWA is helping vulnerable women by creating a safe space where they can share their sad stories through traumahealing workshops. FWA has extended this program to prevent GBV by educating religious and communityelected leaders to stand against GBV. We have been working in Gitega Province for five years and now in Bujumbura.

I have long suffered violence in my home. My husband was doing all kinds of violence that you could imagine. He had four women, even a 12yearold child. He didn’t respect her. He raped me sexually. I worked alone in the fields, and he robbed all the harvest. When I bought a goat to help me, he sold it … etc.

I had no one to help me in this situation. I tried to flee to my parents, and they told me that this is how a home is founded. The consequences of this violence weighed heavily on my life. His wives mistreated me, and some of their children have become street children who come now to rob us.

The change took place after the training organized by FWA. I did not believe it at first when I saw him helping me with some household activities. I was very surprised. Now I can testify that everything has changed; we work together, he buys me clothes, we were able to build a house, we were able to buy a motorcycle … etc.

And what makes me very happy is that he can transport me on this motorcycle. He even supported me to come here today and testify.

Women’s Economic Empowerment, a Great Tool to Face Genderbased Violence

Women represent more than half of the total population of Burundi. Women are regarded as vital stakeholders in all sectors of national life. As mothers and main educators, women play an important part in the future of Burundi. Yet the level of political and economic participation of women remains very low. Their limited representation is partly related to imbalances in the education system.

FWA has been serving in Kamenge since 2002. During these recent past years, we have learned that women need economic empowerment to face GBV. The majority of women are rural and do not have economic assets. The rural woman is poor, as is her urban counterpart, and most have only limited access to credit, which is very expensive. The majority of women lack collateral to obtain loans from banks and other financial institutions.

Since January 2017, FWA has encouraged women to organize themselves into selfhelp groups. At the end of June 2019, we had a total of 47 selfhelp groups totaling 1,105 women. If we consider an average of five kids per woman, we are now toucing 5,525 children’s lives. A lot of women’s groups have supported FWA, such as Kamenge Women’s Center. Each one of the 47 groups that make up FWA needs to meet at least once a week.

FWA has recently initiated a new program, called Street Business School, to teach women how they can start a small business with very little money. At the end of May, 40 women graduated at FWA as the first graduates of Street Business School.

Testimonies

My name is Jacqueline. I live with HIV/AIDS. Before I came to FWA, I did not have the courage to work because I thought that I was disabled. I did not have the hope to live. I thought people should help me. I suffered for a long time from poverty. I was asking for shelter because I could not pay the rent.

My life was changed when I joined the credit and savings group. Thanks to the different topics covered each day before saving, I realized that I am able to change my way of life. I then felt capable of doing a great deal and changed my behavior by putting what I learned into practice. I asked for a credit to start a small business and I was able to repay. Little by little I built a small house in my own plot of land. Thanks to the credits that I asked in my savings group! In addition to that, I keep on doing my own business that helps me cover my daily needs.

My name is Marie. After the death of both my parents in 1993, I found myself in an IDP camp. In this camp, I was sexually abused by a soldier until I had two children: the first is 14 and the second is 16. When we separated with the said soldier, I became a sex worker, first in the countryside and then here in Bujumbura. I got HIV/AIDS when I was a sex worker. The reason why I came for HIV voluntary testing was that I lost weight every day. I always had headaches, a temperature, and oral thrush. When I started ARV treatment, my health began to improve. For now, I greatly appreciate the discussion groups because it is an opportunity to meet those who have the same serological status as me. I have been a member of a selfhelp group for one year. For many years, I had received training in a sewing center, but I had never managed to have capital to have my own machine. Now I was able to receive a credit of 150,000 FBu ($86) from my selfhelp group. I was able to buy a sewing machine. At the moment, my children can eat three times a day and can go to school easily.

Conclusion

Friends Women’s Association could not have done all of this work without foreign support. Our heartfelt thanks are primarily addressed to the African Great Lakes Initiative of Friends Peace Teams, which has supported us since 2002. We also recognize the significant support from Quaker Service Norway since 2008. We strongly appreciate the great support of Canadian Quakers who have supported us since 2015 through Canadian Friends Service Committee. Quakers around the world have been supporting FWA. Many thanks to all of them! Our thanks are also addressed to local nongovernmental organizations such as the Burundian Alliance Against HIV/AIDS, Family Health International, and American Friends Service Committee–Burundi. Segal Family Foundation has also been also our great partner since 20

Parfaite Ntahuba is one of the three female pastors from the Evangelical Friends Church of Burundi. She is the senior pastor in Kamenge Meeting, which has more than 2,500 members, and the national coordinator of Friends Women’s Association.

 

 

Ntaseka Clinic in action
Ntaseka Clinic in action
Workshop on human, women, and children rights.
Workshop on human, women, and children rights.
Women's micro-credit group 1.
Women's micro-credit group 1.
Women's micro-credit group 2.
Women's micro-credit group 2.
Street Business School graduation.
Street Business School graduation.
Human, women, and children rights workshop members
Human, women, and children rights workshop members

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Self-help group meeting
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The section below summarizes the work done during the month of August 2019.

CAPACITY BUILDING

On August 5-9, 2019, the national coordinator of Friends Women’s Association (FWA), Pastor NTAHUBA Parfaite, attended a dialogue exchange program organized by the Amercican Friends Service Committee (AFSC) at the Concord&Suits Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose was to help goal-peace practitioners, donors and other key stakeholders shift away from traditional short term ‘event based’ models of prevention of electoral violence and invest in analysis, mapping and solutions in root causes of electoral violence.

ACTIVITIES

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)

At the end of August 2019, 50 self-help groups for a total of 1180 women were functioning.         

Caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)

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

Maternity Ward Building

We are now finished with bricking the ground floor of the maternity ward building. The next step is building walls and pillars of the first floor.

The bill of the next steps appears as follows:

  • Pillars and bricking the first floor: $5800 ($3000 for bricking, and 2800 for pillars: $100/pillar)
  • frame: $4,000
  • 120 Iron Sheets: $2760 (23$/sheet)
  • Total: $12,560

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)

Under the support of Quaker Service Norway (QSN), a three-day retreat for 20 GBV accompanists was done at MIPAREC in Gitega province.

Under the support of the Canadian Friends Service Committee, one basic workshops on GBV were done for both religious leaders and community elected leaders on August 22-24, 2019.  20 participants attended the workshop. The venue was Commune Nyabiraba in Bujumbura province.

MEDICAL TEAMCONSULTATIONS

123 cases were consulted by our medical doctors, including 75 adults (42women and 33 men), 14 children (6 girls and 8 boys) and 34 HIV positive people.  The nurse received 226 patients including 175 adults and 51 children.

LABORATORY

In the month of August 2019, apart from HIV voluntary testing, there were a total of 127 tests.

Test                          Test completed    Positive  Negative

G.E --.Malaria test                11                4            7

Quick malaria test                53              14           39

ECBU -- Urine test                 6                6             0

Selles -- Stool test                14              13            1

Pregnancy                            13               2           11

Sero-widal -- Typhoïd fever      11               7             4

Glycémie -- Diabetes               5              4              1

RPR VDRL -- Syphillis           14               0            14

Complete Blood Count             0               0             0

                                     Total Tests: 127

Under the support of AGLI of the Friends Peace Teams, we were able to purchase a new microscope as the old one was become useless. 

FAMILY PLANNING

357 people received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse, including 228 old cases and 129 new ones. 297 received the contraceptive injection, 40 were given pills, 1 received IUD, 16 received male condoms, 1 was given collar and 2 received implants.

PRENATAL CONSULTATION (PNC)

In the month of August 2019, 26 women came for prenatal consultation (PNC), including 12 who came for PNC 1, 7 for PNC 2 and 4 for PNC 3 and 1 for PNC 4 

ANTI-RETROVIRAL SITE

At the end of August 2019, we had 321 patients under retro drugs followed at NTASEKA clinic, including 259 women and 62 men.

PHARMACY

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

PSYCHOSOCIAL TEAM

In the month of August 2019, a total of 44 people received pre and post HIV test counseling and were tested for HIV. Out of the total number, 64% were women and among the six people detected HIV positive, five of them were women, with 18% of seropositivity.This high number is that we have now changed our strategy as required by the government. Actually, we target key populations, including sex workers, to do HIV test.

Total Number of People Tested:  44

Total Number of Women Tested: 28

% of People Tested Who Are Women: 64%

Average Age:  27

Median Age:  26

Total HIV+ :  6

Total HIV- : 38

Number of Women HIV+ : 5

Total % Seropositivity: 14%

% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 18%

 

Competion of bricking of ground floor.
Competion of bricking of ground floor.
Mobilization for reproductive health.
Mobilization for reproductive health.
Participants from GBV seminar.
Participants from GBV seminar.
New microscope
New microscope
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Friends Women's Association

Location: Bujumbura - Burundi
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NTAHUBA PARFAITE
Bujumbura, Burundi

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