There are 77,000 people living with HIV in Burundi, of which approximately 7,000 are adolescents aged 10-19.

To respond to the epidemic in Burundi, we work with Alliance Burundaise Contre le SIDA (ABS), a national network of over 342 organisations responding to HIV. ABS supports communities across the country to tackle HIV and strengthen the national response through community action.

ABS provides financial support to 13 community-based organisations, and training in delivering effective HIV programmes. They also provide direct services - in 2016 they reached over 16,000 people with integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services and over 10,000 adolescents aged 10-19 year with a package of HIV prevention services.

ABS is working to support the needs of young people through the READY Teens project, which is a continuation of the Link Up project. READY Teens focuses on supporting 10-19 year olds living with and most affected by HIV in Burundi, Ethiopia and Uganda.

<p>Nahimana, 22, with her daughter in Bujumbura, Burundi. Nahimana works at a market and also sells sex in order to provide for her two children.</p>
<p>Nahimana visits a youth centre, RNJ+, for support, sexual health information, and condoms. It&rsquo;s the only youth centre in Burundi that provides a stigma-free space for all young people. This includes sex workers, people living with HIV, LGBTI young people and people who use drugs.</p>

Nahimana, 22, works at a market and also sells sex in order to provide for her children. © International HIV/AIDS Alliance