To respond to the HIV 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.

There are 84,000 people living with HIV in Burundi. ABS provides financial support to 17 community-based organisations, and training in delivering effective HIV programmes. They also provide direct services - in 2017 they reached 21,880 people with HIV prevention services, of which over 12,800 were adolescents aged 10-19 years old. They also reached over 7,000 people with integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services and supported more than 5,200 people with treatment, care and support.

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