Burundi is emerging from a long period of civil war in which sexual violence was used as a weapon of war. While the prevalence of sexual violence in Burundi is not known, available data suggest that it remains widespread today. Sexual violence is a human rights violation and also increases risks for HIV infection and has devastating impacts on an individual's health and well-being.
To address this issue, EngenderHealth's RESPOND Project is working to prevent sexual violence in Burundi and to respond to survivors of sexual violence, with the support of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and in partnership with the Burundi government.
To deepen our understanding about sexual violence, we are conducting an assessment of the services currently available and exploring the factors that contribute to sexual violence or that prevent survivors from seeking help. Focusing on two provinces-Kayanza and Muyinga-the study will produce recommendations for PEPFAR and the Burundi government.