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OUR PROGRAMS

Gatumba Health Centre

Agateka*

This project aims to promote health and good menstrual hygiene management among young girls and women through education, the production and distribution of reusable sanitary pads. These pads, which last 3-5 years, can be worn with or without underwear and come in three sizes: large, medium, and small.


We utilize a multi-faceted approach to advance menstrual health: community sensitization through roadshows and radio broadcasts, payment plans for VSLA members who wish to purchase Agateka pads, and free distribution drives of pads in schools and to vulnerable groups, such as those in hospitals and refugee camps. So far, the project has impacted girls and women in Bujumbura, Cibitoke, Gitega, Karusi, Kirundo, Makamba, Muyinga, Ngozi, and Ruyigi.

*Dignity

109,970

women in Burundi have purchased and used Agateka reusable sanitary pads.

213,756

schoolgirls in Burundi have received free Agateka reusable pads, to use for 3-5 years.

Hinduka uhindure abandi*

This project aims to enhance knowledge about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We educate, raise awareness, and inform the population to improve their SRH and provide SRH services at the Gatumba Health Centre.  Our approaches include mass education via an SMS platform with a toll-free number, allowing users to receive messages directly on their mobile phones and ask questions privately. The youth receive messages based on “The World starts with me” module from the Ministry of Education, while adults receive content from the “Community Health Worker's Handbook” by the Directorate of Health Promotion. We also produce educational videos and organize roadshows specifically tailored to illiterate populations.

*Change and help others change

143,026

youth and women have been reached by our toll-free mobile SMS education project.

4,160

women have adhered to modern contraceptive methods of their choice.

Impact stories

A mother's relief: Sacodé's Health Center transforms care in Gatumba
Micheline Mwajuma, a 40-year-old mother of eight from Mushasha II hill in Gatumba, shares her experiences before and after the...

Apr 17, 2024

Empowering Choices: Two women's journeys in Family Planning
With our decision to have no more children, we can focus on giving them the best start in life. I urge all women to seek out family planning

Apr 17, 2024

The Gatumba Health Centre provides healthcare services to the Gatumba population, offering free medical services, surgical care, laboratory examinations, and family planning counselling. Created in September 2019, the health centre also addresses challenges such as lack of clean water, poverty, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).


The centre's goal is to increase access to adequate healthcare, thus improving the community's health. Health education, counselling and services are provided to empower youth and women on STIs, HIV/AIDS, menstrual hygiene, contraception, healthy eating and family planning. We operate the Health Centre in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health and the fight against AIDS.


Below are projects that are incorporated into the services offered at the Health Centre.

Together, we can improve the lives of Burundians.

Across Burundi, our programs are empowering communities to live healthy lives and improve their living conditions.

Objectives
  • Provide comprehensive medical services and laboratory examinations free of charge to the local population.

  • Offer affordable medications to reduce healthcare costs for the community.

  • Improve access to quality healthcare services, particularly for women and children.

  • Educate and counsel the community on family planning and reproductive health.

  • Enhance the overall health and well-being of the community through timely and efficient healthcare delivery.

Current program partners

Other programs

Economic Empowerment

Food Security & Nutrition

Menstrual Hygiene Management

Sexual & Reproductive Health

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

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