Strengthening Infrastructure and Capacity to Combat HIV/AIDS

Patients receiving health education. Photo by 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 results


  • 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 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.100 hectares of land were cleared and prepared to establish a soya bean cultivation demonstration farm, and soya bean plantation was completed on 50 hectares of the cleared land.
  • 1,369 farmers have benefited from training in improved soya bean production and productivity practices. In addition, 470 farmers (39% females) have benefited from specialists’ field-monitoring activities to identify and address in a timely manner any issue in the soya bean production. 

Key features


HIV/AIDS patients


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




January 2010–December 2012

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