The section below summarizes the work done during the month of August 2016.
The association “Friends Women’s Association” (FWA) has signed a written contract with an organization called “Society for Studies and Execution of Works” SEETRAV in French. This last has produced the construction plans and cost for the second plot of land located at Kamenge, Songa Quarter, 8th Avenue, № 212 (See Attached). The objective is the extension of NTASEKA clinic to increase the services offered by FWA in Kamenge community and and its surrounding areas.

The second plot of land to be built
From July 31st, 2016 to August 6th, 2016, HORANIMANA Grace, FWA social worker, attended the AVP African Regional Gathering/Conference in Kigali which took place on July 31 through August 6th, 2016 at Friends Peace garden in Kigali, Rwanda.

During the month of August 2016, the activities done were about Link Up, IWRH, RSS, AGBV and CHIVPP projects.
Burundian Alliance Against Aids, ABS
As part of the Link Up project, different services were offered in the following logic:
42 young people from the target group, including 28 female and 14 male, underwent voluntary testing and received information about HIV/AIDS through pre and post-test counseling. We had 55 young female people from the target group (age between 16 and 24 years) for family planning and related information.

Improving Women Reproductive health (IWRH)
Two training sessions on family planning were done on August 29-30, 2016.

Rape Survivors’ Support (RSS)
The pilot self-help group is still meeting at FWA every Friday at 3:00PM. Two trauma healing workshops were done on the following dates: 22-24 August, 2016 and 25-27 August, 2016.

Action on Gender-Based Violence (AGBV)
On August 29-31, 2016, there was the third de-traumatization three-day workshop in Magarama monthly meeting. At the end of the workshop, GBV facilitators were given goats (One goat for two people). This will help them to build strong relationships among them and then, they will continue to act on GBV as a team. The goat will help them also to improve their family lives because it gives the fertilizer, meat and even money after multiplication.

Caring for HIV Positive People (CHIVPP)
During this month of August 2016, medical follow up, one dialogue group, nutritional support, home visits were done for HIV positive people.

Twenty cases were consulted by our doctor. The nurse received 131 patients including 60 adults and 71 children.

In the month of August 2016, apart from voluntary testing, there were a total of 123tests.

Test completed Positive Negative
50 11 39
22 22 0
0 0 0
16 5 11
(Typhoïd fever) 19 19 0
Glycémie 9
4 5
Complete Blood Count (CBC) 7 – –
Total Tests: 123

177 women received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse. 170 received the contraceptive injection and 7 were given pills.
Four women came for the pre-natal consultation.
At the end of August 2016, we had 85 patients under retro drugs followed at NTASEKA clinic, including 68 women and 17 men. We had also other 70 people under cotrimoxazole only. This means that we have a total of 155 people infected with HIV followed at NTASEKA clinic.

FWA was able to purchase all necessary medicines for the month of August 2016.


In the month of August 2016, 158 people received pre and post HIV test counseling and were tested for HIV; 55% of them were women and among the 12 people detected HIV positive, 7 of them were women with 8% of seropositivity.
Total Number of People Tested: 158
Total Number of Women Tested: 87
% of People Tested Who Are Women: 55%
Average Age: 27
Median Age: 25,5
Total HIV+ : 12
Total HIV- : 146
Number of Women HIV+ : 7
Total % Seropositivity: 8%
% of Women Tested Who Are HIV+: 8%



In 2002, after attending a seminar on trauma and HIV/AIDS in Bujumbura, Burundi, a group of women came together to form the Friends Women’s Association, FWA. The purpose was to address the unique needs of women in the conflict and post-conflict environment. These women wanted to work together to improve each other’s lives and, in particular, address the problems of poverty, HIV/AIDS, sexual violence, and post-conflict trauma in their communities.
In this way, FWA is working towards the following goals:
• Reduce transmission of HIV/AIDS through sensitization and education workshops

• Improve the lives of those already suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS through the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of opportunistic infections, and give psychosocial and nutritional care to HIV positive people

• Support women’s empowerment and peace consolidation through other activities

FWA Mission: To provide a comprehensive health care to women and their families, to promote women’s leadership and autonomy and to strengthen peace and solidarity in Kamenge, a slum in Bujumbura and in other communities of Burundi.
Starting by fighting against HIV/AIDS, FWA realized that she could not respond to her mission without a clinic. That is why we have nowadays a clinic called “NTASEKA” where we have different services: medical consultation, nurse consultation, a laboratory room and a counseling room. As Burundi has one of the highest rate of birth in the world, since May 2014, we have started a new program called “Improving Women Reproductive Health” (IWRH). The purpose is to sensitize people that birth control is for both the man and the woman. Through our beneficiaries, we were also able to realize that some women got HIV/AIDS through sexual violence. That is why we have now a program called “Rape Survivors Support” (RSS). The aim is to reintegrate rape survivors both psychologically and economically. As this second program refers to gender-based violence case management, we are now mobilizing communities to make an Action on Gender-Based Violence (AGBV) starting in the church. This is our third program. We have a fourth program called “Link Up” whose main objective is to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young people. Finally, we have a fifth one which is called “Caring for HIV Positive People” (CHIVPP). The purpose is to care for HIV positive people holistically. It has different dimensions: medical care, psycho- social and economic care. In sum, we have five current programs.