IBSA Fund Annual Report- BURUNDI


Strengthening Infrastructure and Capacity to Combat HIV/AIDS

Approved Budget:



January 2010–


December 2012

Mostly contributing to:



Ministry of Health; Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA) Burundi; UNDP Burundi; the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Burundi


This project built and equipped a centre for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment as well as other reproductive health-care services, such as education on sexually transmitted diseases, prenatal care and family planning. It strengthened government capacity to plan, communicate and implement strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

Key Achievements

  • An estimated 15,000 patients annually benefited from the services of the three-storey health centre that the project built and equipped with information technology and medical equipment.
  • Civil servants and civil society members were trained in AIDS prevention and
  • care, stigma and discrimination, the impact of the AIDS epidemic on women, and community-based awareness and approaches for AIDS prevention and care.
  • Four international technical exchanges took place in Bujumbura, Brasilia, Dakar and New Delhi to facilitate learning.
  • Three monitoring and support missions were conducted in the regions of Gitega, Ngozi and Bururi. The project also supported the World Journey Against AIDS and HIV in Kirundo.

Challenges and Lessons Learned

  • Delays were experienced due to lack of a legal framework for engagement with UNFPA as an implementing partner.
  • Coordination among the Government, SWAA and the United Nations agencies also proved time-consuming.
  • Geotechnical requirements should be carefully considered for the construction projects.
Patients receiving health education