CA-IeDEA partners in Burundi include two public hospitals—Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Kamenge (CHUK) and Hôpital Prince Régent Charles (HPRC)—and one private association, the Association Nationale de Soutien aux Séropositifs (ANSS), which provide HIV care and treatment services.
The CA-IeDEA Burundi cohort comprises more than 18,000 patients, including 7,200 patients who are currently receiving HIV care. Approximately two-thirds of the Burundi cohort are female, and approximately 10% of the patients are under age 15.
Research priorities in IeDEA Burundi include:
- Evaluating how coverage and characteristics of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) within the CA-IeDEA network compare to PLWHA in the general population of these regions.
- Examining temporal trends in characteristics and outcomes of adolescents enrolled in care and on treatment.
- Developing methods for estimating the cumulative incidence of ART initiation while accounting for “silent transfers” between HIV care and treatment facilities, where patients “lost to clinic” are not necessarily out of care.
- Studying trends in socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of HIV-positive children (< 10 years) at time of enrollment in care and time of ART initiation.
Research within Burundi is led by principal investigator, Dr. Theodore Niyongabo, of the Centre National de Reference en Matière de VIH/SIDA and the University of Burundi.