Sugar for your child: Nahimana's story (VIDEO)

Nahimana, 22, from Bujumbura, Burundi, is a mother of two. She gave birth to her first child when she was 13.

While still a child herself, she set out to do everything within her means to support her child, and she still does.

Nahimana visits a youth centre, RNJ+, for support, sexual health information, and condoms. It’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.

The centre provides HIV testing, counselling and referrals to other health services, and supports young people in realising their sexual health rights, to remain HIV-free like Nahimana, or, if living with HIV to access the appropriate support and treatment. Girls and young women are supported with integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for safe pregnancies.

The RNJ+ centre is life-changing for young people like Nahimana who find themselves in complex, difficult situations and need non-judgemental support. RNJ+ is supported through Link Up which is an ambitious project which is improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of more than one million young people in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Uganda.

Link Up runs from January 2013 to July 2016. It is funded by the Government of the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BUZA) through its Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Fund. The project draws on the strengths of a consortium of organisations, which is led by the Alliance.