EAB Press – January 2013
January 27, 2013
FROM THE ARCHBISHOP’S DESK
The Archbishop, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi led a delegation from the House of Bishops to meet with the Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops of Burundi in Songa Seminary, Gitega to discuss the possibility of starting an inter-faith network to fight against HIV/AIDS and promote health throughout Burundi. As a result of the meeting a Commission has been established to study how the Network might be developed and impact local communities.
NEW VOLUNTARY TESTING CENTRE
A new HIV/AIDS voluntary testing centre has been opened in Buye diocese by the President of the Republic, His Excellency Peter Nkurunziza. The Province, supported by Christian Aid helped to finance the final stages of the building and equipping of the Centre. Accompanying the President were the Archbishop, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, the Country Director for Christian Aid, Mr Andrew Nsengiyumva, and other local dignitaries. The Centre is located at Buye hospital.
Other centres at Rumonge, Bitare, Matana, Nyankanda, and Shombo have been equipped with seating, laboratory and office equipment and computers. Mr. Mathias Nkurunziza, Provincial Health Coordinator said that the Centres will help people to take the first step against the spread of HIV as they are tested and help to prevent mother to child transmission.
The Province also organised a number of events as part of World AIDS Day that promoted a commitment by the religious confessions in Burundi to treatment and prevention of mother to child transmission.
HELPING TO REFOREST BURUNDI
As part of a National Environment Week the Province, supported by Watershed Foundation through Episcopal Relief and Development facilitated on National Tree Day the planting of 1400 trees in Busoni Commune in Buye diocese.
The Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Sixbert Macumi called for the Church, Government, local administration and the community to continue to work and cooperate together in order to secure Burundi’s environment for future generations.
The Province welcomed two representatives from Anglican Overseas Aid based in Australia who visited the women’s economic empowerment programme dealing with savings and credits. They were able to see the programme first hand in Matana diocese and to meet with the trainers from all the dioceses. It is hoped that the partnership will be extended in the future.
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