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Menyumenyeshe Joint programme Burundi

The Menyumenyeshe Joint programme Burundi focuses on improving the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents. The programme is a five-year partnership and focuses on three areas: schools, communities and health centres.


To empower the adolescents and youth of Burundi to enjoy a good sexual and reproductive health

Target group

1,1 million adolescents and youth aged 10-24 (33% of the total population in this age group)

Length of programme2016-2020
Partner organisations



Young people
In Burundi, adolescents and young people make up 33% of the population. They face serious problems, including conflict, unemployment and poverty. In addition, they also lack access to sexual and reproductive health information and services. To make healthy decisions for their future and contribute to the development of their country, young people need:

• the ability and means to realise their full potential.

• access to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services.

• to live in a supportive environment - with parents and leaders who support young people in their growth and life choices.

The role of Rutgers
As part of this joint programme, Rutgers provides technical support in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE). This technical support results in the provision of tested training and learning resources, and increased capacity of the consortium, national partners and government staff involved in the joint programme.

In addition, Rutgers is responsible for planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning within the programme. Rutgers, CARE, the University of Amsterdam and Makerere University in Uganda conducted a study on the effectiveness of CSE in Burundi (with funding from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO-WOTRO). The results of this study are expected in 2020.


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