Dr Desire Habonimana, Medical Doctor, has over ten years of public health based-work volunteerism, activism, leadership positions and experience with the NGOs, Public sector and the Faith based foundations. Entitled “volunteer” in 2003 by TWITWARARIKANE Foundation and by GIRITEKA Foundation in 2006, he performed his early professionalism on youth and adolescents while serving over 600 young orphans with HIV/AIDS and SRHR services. Late 2010, he was selected among the 15 Young African Leaders to participate to the “3rd International Youth Leadership Training” held in Dakar, Senegal where he gained further skills which enabled him to perform his leadership potential linked to HIV/AIDS and other STIs.
Upon return from the training, he initiated a youth-led and youth-focused NGO – Young Women’s Knowledge and Leadership Institute Burundi (YOWLI BURUNDI) www.yowliburundi.org to engage young people and particularly young women in the riposte to HIV pandemic. He has reached over 100 thousands of youths and adolescents in Burundi with effective information, education and communication aimed at the promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health, the fight against HIV/AIDS and other STIs. He has started 6 STOP SIDA! youth clubs gathering over 400 pupils within the secondary school environment and has delivered, in partnership with the UNFPA and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, services linked to HIV prevention and SRH to over 25,000 youths and adolescents within the Academia (27 Universities of Burundi).
Medical Doctor graduated from the Medical School of the University of Burundi, he has a commitment to accelerate the UNAIDS’ vision “zero new HIV infections, zero new AIDS-related deaths and zero HIV-related stigmatization” in rural and poor settings of Burundi.