The Batwa, an indigenous group of people recognized as the oldest occupants of African tropical forests that still cover a large part of Central Africa, make up about 2% of Burundi’s population of about 8 million people. The Batwa continue to be stigmatised and discriminated when it comes to for example education and health services. To date HIV and AIDS still negatively affect the Batwa more compared to other groups in society
Ensuring that the Batwa obtain good access to HIV awareness and prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care, remains a key priority and will prevent new HIV infections amongst the Batwa and enable those living with HIV to lead long and healthy lives.
Together with local partners representing the Batwa in Burundi, Indonongo works to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination faced by Batwa and connects them to care givers active in Burundi.
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