U.S. Ambassador visits FHI 360 in Burundi
Last week, the U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, Dawn M. Liberi, visited FHI 360’s office in Bujumbura. FHI 360 briefed Ambassador Liberi on the activities conducted by the Roads to a Healthy Future (ROADS II) project, a five-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Through ROADS II, FHI 360 partners with 48 local organizations in Burundi to increase access to high-quality, facility- and community-based health services for mobile populations and local residents in four provinces, as well as the capital city Bujumbura. In addition to increasing access to general health and family planning services, ROADS II has increased access to critical HIV prevention and treatment services in the following ways.
- Since 2006, the number of sites that provide prevention of mother-to-child transmission services increased from 14 to 163.
- By the end of 2012, the number of Burundians tested for HIV exceeded 250,000 — up from fewer than 17,000 in 2006.
- By March 2013, the number of Burundians on antiretroviral therapy increased to 4,715 — up from 331 in 2006.
About FHI 360: FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender equality, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.