3.0 % of people in Rwanda are HIV positive. In 2006, Rwanda adopted guidelines making tuberculosis screening for HIV positive patients and HIV testing for tuberculosis patients standard. Thanks to this change and the recent expansion of access to antiretroviral therapy, the number of AIDS-related deaths has fallen over the past six years.
- Population: 10.5 million
- People living with HIV: 170,900
- People receiving ART’s: 116,000
- Treatment sites: 6
- Patients in care: 6,527
- Patients receiving ART: 5,060
AHF in Rwanda
In January 2006, AHF partnered with the Global Fund, the National AIDS Control Commission and the Shyira, Kibagabaga and Kanombe District Hospitals to roll out ART programs at two government sites. Today AHF works with two district governments at six health centers.
Our health centers provide HIV testing, antiretroviral therapy and prevention services integrated into general healthcare settings, in keeping with the national strategy to control HIV with integrated rather than standalone care. Our program for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission is particularly strong, including education, one-on-one counseling and preventive ART for mothers and exposed infants. By including these services in primary care settings, we strengthen the quality of care for all clients, regardless of HIV status.
AHF supports our health center partners through mentoring, assisting with staffing issues, improving the facilities themselves, providing medical equipment and managing operations. We assure quality of care through regular site visits and assessments.
In addition to providing health center services, we’ve performed HIV testing around Rwanda as part of our mass testing initiative. Together with our partners, we tested 153,018 people in 2008, and referred the 328 who were positive to treatment.
Statistics from UNAIDS.org, 2011, unless otherwise stated.
AHF Services in Rwanda
In every district where we operate, AHF Rwanda sites offer at least one complete package of HIV services, all of them free of charge. We provide antiretroviral drugs, CD4 testing and lab monitoring, nutritional supplements and treatment for opportunistic infections. And we’re committed to helping pregnant women with HIV prevent transmission to their children and to providing the best in pediatric HIV care.
Each location offers free HIV testing, TB screening, family planning services, social support and free condoms.
Dr. Horatius MUNYAMPUNDU, Country Program Manager, Rwanda
Nyarutarama Rd, Plot 9282
Opposite Tanzanian embassy
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+250 584 834 Office
+250 788 302 798 Cell
+1 323 371 3479 (US Cell)