Burundi Sustainable Livelihoods and Health Program
The Anglican Church of Burundi’s Transformative Sustainable Livelihoods and Health Program seeks to assist poor and vulnerable people in six dioceses who lack access to preventative health care information and services and suffer from and/or are at high risk for infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Using a comprehensive approach to address HIV/AIDS called " SAVE" (Safer practices, Available medication, Voluntary counseling and testing, Empowerment), the program focuses on raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and working against the stigma and discrimination associated with it. PEAB and diocesan counterparts educate and equip clergy and youth to speak out about HIV/AIDS prevention and they support clinics to provide voluntary counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS. The program specifically targets pregnant mothers to attend PMTCT sessions at clinics to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Since 2015, the program also includes family planning and female hygiene education and service provision. Clergy are trained on integrating family planning and other SRH topics into their pastoral care so that they can educate ad empower couples to make healthy choices. Female youth are being taught about proper hygiene care during menstruation in order to reduce the growing rate of hygiene-related infections. Inclusion of family planning and feminine hygiene into PEAB's health education, advocacy and service provision support is promoting a more holistic approach to improving community health.
Train 120 community volunteers in the diocese of Rumonge using refresher / follow-up training on malaria prevention and tuberculosis, Train and support approximately 120 youth leaders on HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health in 3 new dioceses, Carry out a mass education campaign during the World AIDS Day with youth panel discussion focused on HIV, SRH, Health and Stigma in 2 dioceses reaching up to 6000 people, Organize VCT mobile clinics to go to HIV clubs twice a week to offer free testing in 30 different schools (once a term) reaching up to 3000 people and diocesan coordinators follow up to see change in KAP regarding HIV and Sexual & reproductive health, Sensitize approximately 90 HIV+ pregnant women in 2 dioceses to attend PMTCT program and receive needed treatment to protect their children and trained on how to plan and manage a kitchen garden, Facilitate provisions of education on FP and linkages to services for patients in 5 PEAB health facilities (Bitare, Matana, Nyenkanda, Rumonge, Shombo), Facilitate family planning education and services for couples in covered church health clinics., Train 80 pastors on how to integrate information and counselling on Voluntary HIV testing, SRH and Family Planning into pre and post marital sessions for couples, Support pastors in 3 dioceses to develop and validate action plans for family planning in their respective congregations, Facilitate family planning education and services in 5 covered church health clinics reaching approximately 50 couples in each diocese., Sensitize and train approximately 120 food security program participants (i.e. men, women & youth) on family planning benefits in order to drive demand for FP and other reproductive health services., Support 120 OVCs with school material fees and follow up on their attendance and success at school, Support Church leaders advocacy efforts for PLWHAs rights and care with Government services, NGOs, FBOs and associations through 4 advocacy meetings, Educate approximately 1500 female students in 30 Anglican schools on how to use sanitary towels during their menstruation period to prevent hygiene issues and infections