Managing HIV in the Burundian Workplace

Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) supports Managing HIV in the Burundian Workplace, aiming at provision of information on HIV and access to voluntary counseling, testing, and treatment for staff and their relatives.

The programme in Burundi is part of Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!)’s initiative to scale up the HIV in the Workplace programme to ten countries. Being part of this multi-country programme has the benefit that lessons learned are shared and linkages to international advocacy are made  In the first year of implementation (2011), it focused on conducting a baseline study, mapping private sector institutions, executing field visits, and organising dialogues and forums. After the first year, The Heineken Africa Foundation decided to  financially support the two remaining years of the project (mid 2012-mid 2014).

‘Managing HIV in the Burundian Workplace’ targets 68 organisations and 6,800 people (employees and their families). The organisations targeted include civil society organisations, agro companies, labour organisations, labour unions, and ministries. The project is implemented in the areas Rutana, Bururi, Bujumbura Rural,  Bujumbura Mairie, Kayanza, Makamba, and Cankuzo. The implementing organisation is the Agency for Co-operation and Research in Development (ACORD) in Burundi , part of ACORD International, which has a long and extensive experience in (supporting others in) managing HIV and AIDS in the workplace.

Main activities

The programme in Burundi works according to the five pillars of the overall scale up programme and isdesigned on the basis of the outcomes of the baseline study conducted in Burundi.

The main activities are:

  • Capacity building in HIV and AIDS for partners (training of trainers, focal points and peer educators).
  • Development of information, education and communication (IEC) tools for awareness raising and information on HIV and AIDS.
  • Making male and female condoms available.
  • Documenting cases of rights violation for employees living with HIV.
  • Facilitating initiatives that promote access to prevention, treatment, care, and support for employees living with HIV in the workplace.
  • Creating solidarity funds which will be funded by contributions of both the employees and their institutions in order to provide services that are not subsidised by the government.
  • Promoting the development and implementation of policies, such as procedure manuals, human resources and HIV policies, and budgets.

The program seeks for partnerships with health care structures in order to guarantee access to information, HIV voluntary testing and counseling, and treatment for workforce and their dependents.

The main targets by mid 2014 are:

  • 80% (baseline 30%) of the 68 participating organisations will have functionalpolicies, practices and programmes to address HIV and AIDS at the workplacefrom a gender perspective.
  • Reduced stigma reporting, measured through a stigma index developed duringbaseline (currently in progress).
  • 80% (baseline 30%) of the 68 participating organisations facilitate access totreatment and care for employees and families.
  • The participating organisations will participate in linking and learning,leading to good practices and innovative approaches.
  • Through joint lobbying, employers will enable good environment for HIVactivities in the workplace and donors will show increased interest in fundingHIV mainstreaming programmes.

For more information, contact Burundi's lead organisation ACORD.