On 1st December 2022, FXB Rwanda joined the world to commemorate World AIDS Day with the national theme’ Young Rwandans, take the lead in HIV/AIDS prevention. The event was held in Huye district where IGIRE Turengere Abana program continues to empower vulnerable children and their caregivers with lifesaving services such as HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and related information.
In commemoration of world AIDS day, FXB Rwanda had a stand that served as an opportunity to provide the messages to young people and the community in general who passed by reminding them to play their role in the fight against HIV/AIDS via getting HIV tested regularly to know their HIV status and to have consensual protected sex.
The event was also an opportunity for Rwanda health practitioners to launch three month HIV/AIDS campaign. The Executive Secretary of the Human Resource for Health Secretariat (HRHS), from the Ministry of Health Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi said that this campaign will enable Rwanda to meet the global ending HIV goals of 95-95-95- where 95% of Rwandans know their status, 95% receive antiretroviral treatment and 95% attain viral load suppression by 2030.
Addressing the participants, the event speakers reminded the youths that the virus is still there and transmission is still taking place, especially among young people. ‘ Although we have recorded some achievements in fighting HIV transmission, we still have a journey. The high prevalence is among young people aged between 15-24, and young girls are at high risks compared to their male counterparts, and the risk is not knowing your HIV status,….’ Said Noella Bigirimana, the Deputy Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Centre
PEPFAR, USAID, and Global Fund remain key partners in addressing the gaps in the fight to stop HIV/AIDS. Since 2018, PEPFAR through USAID Rwanda has been supporting FXB Rwanda to implement Turengere Abana Program targeting Orphans and vulnerable children and their families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Muhanga, Nyanza and Rwamagana districts, and since this FY23, the program shifted from Muhanga to Huye district. The program utilizes the multidimensional lifesaving approaches used to prevent and remedy the consequences of HIV/AIDS among infected/ affected people.
FXB Rwanda also implements NSP-HIV/TB global funded project which aims at preventing HIV infection among key populations, FXBVillages which reach vulnerable populations HIV interventions among others.
Since their implementation, the programs have tremendously contributed to the reduction of HIV infection and its consequences. The programs encouraged and supported all beneficiaries to know their HIV status, 100 % of those who are HIV positive are supported to adhere to ART and 99 suppress their viral loads.
FXB Rwanda stands with the world and Rwanda in commemorating World AIDS Day and the continuous campaign against HIV/AIDS