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All Friends women association’s reports in 2017

FWA August 2017 Report During the month of August 2017, the activities done were about READY, RSS, CHIVPP and IWRH projects, On August 15th, 2017, there was FWA General Assembly Meeting in Kibimba During this month of August 2017, medical follow up, nutritional support and home visits were done for our HIV positive people. One discussion group was also done on August 29th, 2017. Download the whole report in Pdf File   FWA JULY 2017 Report On July 16-22, Pastor NTAHUBA Parfaite attended the HROC second international gathering at Friends peace Garden , Kicukiro, Kigali, Rwanda. Download the whole report in Pdf File FWA JUNE 2017 Report As part of the READY project, different services were offered in the following logic: 42 teenagers 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 seven young female people from the target group (age between 10 and 19 years) for family planning and related information.110 young people were given information on sexual ,and reproductive health, and 480 condoms were distributed to young people. Download the whole report in Pdf File FWA JUNE 2017 Report On June 12-15, Pastor NTAHUBA Parfaite attended a workshop on  post conflicts and GBV trauma and healing for women leaders which took place in NAIROBI, KENYA at the AACC DESMOND TUTU CONFERENCE CENTRE. This workshop was organized by All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) for African women leaders. We are happy to invite you to this workshop.  Attached please find the concept note. The AACC catered for her air ticket, accommodation and meals for the duration of the conference. Download the whole report in Pdf File   FWA MAY 2017 Report On May 23, 2017, Pastor NTAHUBA Parfaite, FWA coordinator, came back from Canada. There attended a two-week training on Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping (UCP) at Selkirk College, Nelson Tenth Street Campus, British Columbia in Canada. Parfaite comes back with UCP skills that will surely help in a practical way in her leadership as a both one of the three women pastors from the Evangelical Friends church of Burundi and FWA coordinator. UCP principles (Nonviolence, nonpartisanship, independency, transparency, primacy for local people) and strategies (Proactive presence, Building relationships, capacity building and monitoring) might also so relevant in Burundi especially when it comes to elections. Thanks a lot to the Mircentre for Peace at Selkirk College who has supported FWA coordinator flight as well as her stay in Canada. Download the whole report in Pdf File FWA APRIL 2017 Report On April 20, 2017, Pastor NTAHUBA Parfaite, FWA coordinator, went back at Selkirk College, Nelson Tenth Street Campus, British Columbia in Canada. The purpose was a two-week training on Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping. This course has started with an online part on January 23, 2017. The Mircentre for Peace has supported FWA coordinator flight as well as her stay in Canada. On April 25, 2017, in order to align with t the prevention of Violence against Women week, Pastor Parfaite was invited as the key speaker by the Nelson Violence Against Women  committee to present the work done by FWA to address the gender-based violence issue in Burundi. The following day, April 26, 2017, she was also invited to talk with another group of Nelson women during an event called “Let’s Talk Justice, Equality and Power”. Download the whole report in Pdf File  FWA MARCH 2017 Report With the support of Segal Family Foundation (SFF), FWA has started to update its website. See http://www.fwaburundi.com//On March 8, 2017, FWA joined the world to celebrate the International Day of Women by launching the Improving Women’s reproductive Health program 2017 phase. Thanks to SFF for this event to happen. Download the whole report in Pdf File The work done during the month of February 2017. Friends’ Women’s Association got a new partner “Segal Family Foundation”. This last has agreed to support our programs especially “Improving Women’s Reproductive Health” (IWRH). Friends’ Women’s Association got a new partner “Segal Family Foundation”. This last has agreed to support our programs especially “Improving Women’s Reproductive Health” (IWRH). Download the whole report in pdf file The work done during the month of January 2017. On January 16-20, 2017, Quaker Service Norway (QSN) organized an intensive training on financial management which took place at Friends Peace garden in Kigali, Rwanda. An organization called “MANGO” from United Kingdom was facilitating this so important training. FWA was represented by three people: the legal representative, the coordinator and the accountant. Download the whole report in pdf file The work done by Fwa during the month of December 2016. On December 12-16, 2016, NTAHUBA Parfaite (the coordinator of FWA) and HORANIMANA Grace (FWA social worker), attended an intensive study on reflection on the practice of peace which took place at Friends Peace garden in Kigali, Rwanda. This training was organized by the Great Lakes Peacebuilding Institute (GLPI). To be represented there, FWA was supported by Quaker Service Norway (QSN) Download the whole report in pdf file   Caring for HIV people, Narrative Report (July 2015-August 2016)   On 6 September 2013, FWA was accredited by the Ministry of Health to dispense antiretroviral treatment (ARV). Over the year 2014, FWA has worked tirelessly to expand into a site ARV. FWA’s medical staff had been trained to dispense ARVs by FHI360, an international nongovernmental organization that is helping clinics in Burundi scale up their services in order to prevent mother to child transmission.One of the main challenges to scaling up its HIV services was that FWA had not its own CD4 machine, which is used to determine whether or not the patient’s blood count is low enough to qualify for the ARVs; nor had its own Complete Blood Count (CBC) machine, which establishes whether the body can handle the side effects from the ARV drugs. In order to begin dispensing, FWA had formed partnerships with several NGOs who have fully equipped labs. Thanks to these partnerships, FWA began dispensing ARV treatment in December of 2014. Download the whole report (pdf file, file size 627 KB) here   Improving Women reproductive health, Annual Report (2016) Burundi is a landlocked country located in East Africa with an area of 27,834 square kilometer. Burundi is estimated at 7.8 million of which 90% live in rural areas. The population density is 266 inhabitants per square kilometer, which ranks Burundi among the most populous country of Africa. The age of 15-49 represent 46.1% of the population, with an average of 1,000 babies born per day. Current growth wills double the population within 25 years. Even though Medicine is in the process of integrating the family planning methods, the population is far from understanding the system. This is caused by a cultural mindset that sees the child as richness or a blessing. Women give birth without any planning; they think a child is for everyone. Added to this, there are different beliefs related to the methods of regulation which consider these as a sin or cause of fertility. And population continues to multiply. Adverse effects of high population in Burundi are the cause of increased conflict and murders related to land earth. Some statistics show that more than 80% of treated disputes in court are essentially land. It was in this context that FWA wanted to contribute in helping the community of Kamenge, Kinama and Cibitoke to change attitudes and behavior towards reproductive health in order to reduce conflicts and make people consistent with economic development. This purpose had to be achieved through workshops and family planning awareness. The project global objective was to contribute to birth regulation through family planning.   Download the whole report (pdf file, file size 619 KB) here    
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   The work done during the month of January 2017. On January 16-20, 2017, Quaker Service Norway (QSN) organized an intensive training on financial management which took place at Friends Peace garden in Kigali, Rwanda. An organization called “MANGO” from United Kingdom was facilitating this so important training. FWA was represented by three people: the legal representative, the coordinator and the accountant. Download the whole report in pdf file The work done by Fwa during the month of December 2016. On December 12-16, 2016, NTAHUBA Parfaite (the coordinator of FWA) and HORANIMANA Grace (FWA social worker), attended an intensive study on reflection on the practice of peace which took place at Friends Peace garden in Kigali, Rwanda. This training was organized by the Great Lakes Peacebuilding Institute (GLPI). To be represented there, FWA was supported by Quaker Service Norway (QSN) Download the whole report in pdf file An Action  Against Gender-Based Violence (AGBV) 2016 The problem of GBV cannot be treated without mentioning cultural and religious influences on gender issues such as roles and identities. From the comments and results of the various studies, it is clear that GBV is fundamentally based on inequality problem.Structures, practices, beliefs and unequal attitudes contribute to the impunity of violence and perpetuate it. It is also evident that many people have a perception and a conservative interpretation of the Biblical Scriptures, which must be challenged if gender equality is to be achieved.The church, organizations and local leaders do not lack opportunities to intervene and influence behaviors and practices. It is in this context that FWA has multiplied these efforts in 2016 by involving church leaders and local leaders in order to influence behavioral change against VBG through the AGBV project. Download the whole report in pdf file Caring for HIV people, Narrative Report (July 2015-August 2016) On 6 September 2013, FWA was accredited by the Ministry of Health to dispense antiretroviral treatment (ARV). Over the year 2014, FWA has worked tirelessly to expand into a site ARV. FWA’s medical staff had been trained to dispense ARVs by FHI360, an international nongovernmental organization that is helping clinics in Burundi scale up their services in order to prevent mother to child transmission.One of the main challenges to scaling up its HIV services was that FWA had not its own CD4 machine, which is used to determine whether or not the patient’s blood count is low enough to qualify for the ARVs; nor had its own Complete Blood Count (CBC) machine, which establishes whether the body can handle the side effects from the ARV drugs. In order to begin dispensing, FWA had formed partnerships with several NGOs who have fully equipped labs. Thanks to these partnerships, FWA began dispensing ARV treatment in December of 2014. Download the whole report (pdf file, file size 627 KB) here Improving Women reproductive health, Annual Report (2016) Burundi is a landlocked country located in East Africa with an area of 27,834 square kilometer. Burundi is estimated at 7.8 million of which 90% live in rural areas. The population density is 266 inhabitants per square kilometer, which ranks Burundi among the most populous country of Africa. The age of 15-49 represent 46.1% of the population, with an average of 1,000 babies born per day. Current growth wills double the population within 25 years. Even though Medicine is in the process of integrating the family planning methods, the population is far from understanding the system. This is caused by a cultural mindset that sees the child as richness or a blessing. Women give birth without any planning; they think a child is for everyone. Added to this, there are different beliefs related to the methods of regulation which consider these as a sin or cause of fertility. And population continues to multiply. Adverse effects of high population in Burundi are the cause of increased conflict and murders related to land earth. Some statistics show that more than 80% of treated disputes in court are essentially land. It was in this context that FWA wanted to contribute in helping the community of Kamenge, Kinama and Cibitoke to change attitudes and behavior towards reproductive health in order to reduce conflicts and make people consistent with economic development. This purpose had to be achieved through workshops and family planning awareness. The project global objective was to contribute to birth regulation through family planning. Download the whole report (pdf file, file size 619 KB) here  
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FWA celebrates the Women Day by launching a new program

The Friends Women’s Association  celebrated the International Women Day this March 8TH  at Ntaseka clinic center in Kamenge. It was an opportunity to launch a new program called “Improving women reproductive health” and to showcase how FWA works everyday through testimonies, office tour and games. Opening the ceremonies, the Coordinator of FWA in her speech, she congratulated the women in Kamenge for their involvement and contribution in improving the family wellbeing. She acknowledged that there are still some challenge that need to be tackled, and as she said “Unity will make women stronger”. After the open speech, the staff of Fwa conducted an office tour where Guest got the opportunity to discover services offered by Fwa. Visitors asked questions about how Fwa funds its activities, how many beneficairies they have. From the office of Fwa coordinator to laboratory services and pharmacy the staff responded to all questions. The invited Guest was entertained with drumers and dance in celebrating the Kindness, love and the contribution of women in the development of Burundi. During the ceremonies a play were performed to show how family plan is important and why couple should get advices from clinics like Ntaseka. Fwa’s Beficiaries got as well the opportunity to testify how Fwa programs changed their lives. The legal representative of Fwa in his closing remarks thanked Fwa’s partners like AGLI, SFF, ABS and the local administration of Kamenge for their collaboration and their support. She introduced the new program called ” Improving Women Reproductive Health”.
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FWA AUGUST 2016 REPORT

FWA AUGUST 2016 REPORT The section below summarizes the work done during the month of August 2016. ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM 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. ACTIVITIES 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. MEDICAL TEAM CONSULTATIONS Twenty cases were consulted by our doctor. The nurse received 131 patients including 60 adults and 71 children. LABORATORY In the month of August 2016, apart from voluntary testing, there were a total of 123tests. Test Test completed Positive Negative G.E. 50 11 39 Selles 22 22 0 ECBU 0 0 0 Pregnancy 16 5 11 Sero-widal (Typhoïd fever) 19 19 0 Glycémie 9 4 5 Complete Blood Count (CBC) 7 – – Total Tests: 123 FAMILY PLANNING 177 women received contraceptives from FWA’s nurse. 170 received the contraceptive injection and 7 were given pills. PRE-NATAL CONSULTATION Four women came for the pre-natal consultation. ARV SITE 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. PHARMACY FWA was able to purchase all necessary medicines for the month of August 2016. PSYCHOSOCIAL TEAM 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% fwa-august-2016-report
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FWA CURRENT PROGRAMS

THE BIRTH OF FRIENDS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION 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. FWA PROGRAMS 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.