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The purpose of this program is to inform, train and support the community in order to help for being a leading player in the prevention of diseases and the promotion of its good health and well-being. In its usual community-building activities, the Service Yezu Mwiza implements programs covering the areas of prevention of diseases and natural disasters, promotion of hygiene and a healthy environment within communities. To reach its beneficiaries, the Service Yezu Mwiza uses the mobile clinic strategy of going into the community with a full package of medical and psychosocial services and delivering them to the community. This reduces the distance that should be traveled by the beneficiaries to reach the nearest health facility. The program covers a number of themes including: mother-to-child HIV prevention, reproductive health among youth and adolescents, the involvement of religious and community leaders in promoting reproductive health for the future Responsible fatherhood and motherhood, reducing the spread of HIV / AIDS in communities in general, but especially among groups at high risk of HIV transmission, community management of chronic diseases and metabolic diseases.

Community health workers are an important pillar in the implementation of this program in the community. Themes are addressed in the form of: speaking groups, education pair, exchange workshops, training seminars, musical caravans coupled with mass awareness, home visits, group focus and peer exchanges.

To implement this program, Yezu Mwiza Service is supported by several partners including:

  • CARE International through the Joint Program for the Promotion of Reproductive Health for Youth and Adolescents in 8 Provinces of Burundi;
  • FHI360 funded by PEPFAR / USAID through the RAFG Activity project aimed at reaching a generation without HIV by 2030;
  • Burundi Red Cross, with funding from the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to reduce the spread of HIV among groups at higher risk of HIV transmission;
  • GIZ and Segal Family Foundation in promoting reproductive health among youth and adolescents through community networking around health centers.

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