Increasing male partner participation in PMTCT in Burundi
USAID and PEPFAR, through the USAID ASSIST Project, support Burundi’s Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS (MSPLS) to improve the quality of PMTCT services in Burundi. The project helped form quality improvement (QI) teams in 70 demonstration sites in Northern Burundi and trained the teams and coaches from the district health management teams on QI techniques. Following the analysis of the PMTCT process, teams identified and tested change ideas in their health facilities to improve the participation of pregnant women’s male partners in PMTCT. These change ideas led to improvement in the proportion of women enrolled in antenatal care (ANC) and tested for HIV and whose male partners were also tested: there was an increase from 2% in January 2013 to 70% in March 2016.
This case study describes and shares the experience of QI teams in Burundi improving the participation pregnant women’s male partners in PMTCT to increase the use of PMTCT services in four northern provinces of the country.