Health, Nutrition and Fight AIDS


Every year, more than 30,000 children under the age of five in Burundi die from causes that could be avoided with proper care and treatment. Many of these children are from marginalized groups, such as refugees, displaced people, orphans, and people living with HIV/AIDS and crisis affected persons. They suffer from poor access to quality healthcare, especially in rural areas, where health facilities are scarce and understaffed. They also lack essential services such as immunization, nutrition, and water and sanitation, which are vital for their survival and well-being.

Women and girls are also at risk of losing their lives or health due to pregnancy and childbirth complications. Burundi has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, with 334 deaths per 100,000 live births. Many women and girls do not receive adequate antenatal, delivery, and postnatal care, either because they cannot afford it, or because they face cultural and social barriers. Some of them are also exposed to harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation, which increase their vulnerability to HIV and other infections.

The country has an estimated HIV prevalence of 1.4%, which translates to about 85,000 people living with HIV. The epidemic affects women more than men, and some key populations more than others, such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, and people who inject drugs. These groups face stigma and discrimination, which limit their access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care services. HIV/AIDS also has a negative impact on the health system, as it reduces the availability of human and financial resources, and increases the burden of disease and mortality.

How we help

We are United Partners for Humanitarian Welfare (UPHWO), a non-governmental organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people in Burundi, especially those affected by humanitarian crisis. We have three main Health programs that aim to:

-Protect children and families from preventable illnesses and deaths. We provide essential services such as immunization, fight malnutrition, and water and sanitation, as well as protection and support for orphans and vulnerable children, refugees, displaced people, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

-Empower women and girls to access quality reproductive health care and information. We offer antenatal, delivery, and postnatal care, as well as family planning, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. We also advocate for the elimination of harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation, and the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights.

-Prevent HIV/AIDS and Malaria among key populations and the general population. We conduct HIV testing and counseling. We also implement behavior change communication and harm reduction strategies, and engage in policy dialogue and advocacy to reduce stigma and discrimination, and improve the legal and social environment for people living with and affected by HIV.

We also work with local communities, local administration, and partners in our effort to prevent avoidable deaths.

How you can help

You can join us in our fight for good health in Burundi by:

Donating to support our programs and activities. Your contribution will help us reach more people in need and save more lives.

Volunteering with us to share your skills and expertise. You can work with us in the field, in the office, or online, depending on your availability and preferences.

Spreading the word about our work and the situation in Burundi. You can follow us on social media, subscribe to our newsletter, or invite your friends and family to learn more about us and our cause.

Together, we can make a difference for the people of Burundi and create a healthier and happier future for them.

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