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Last Updated on: September 22, 2017

Country Overview:

Currently AHF Rwanda provides services to over 21,000 people, in 20 health facilities, across 8 Districts in Rwanda. Since commencement of the HIV testing program in 2006, over 600,000 people have been counseled and tested and more than 8 million condoms have been distributed through different approaches including Condom Dispensers placed in hot spots. AHF Rwanda has made tremendous contributions to health infrastructure and equipping of health units, through the installation of 3 CD4 machines for patient monitoring, renovation of Laboratories and building of HIV clinic Gasabo District.

 

HIV Counseling and Testing program: AHF Rwanda implements comprehensive testing models with a strong community outreach component, making our services more accessible in hard-to-reach areas. AHF Rwanda works closely with local organizations, implementing programmatic activities to create a sustainable system of health impact among at-risk populations. Currently the organization partners with 5 Community based organizations (CBOs) across the country. These CBOs are supported to conduct mobilization, education and referral to services. This is an effective snowball mechanism for reaching Key Population. In line with the 2015 national theme for World AIDS day, “re-engaging communities for effective HIV prevention”, AHF theme “Dream big end it” was in tandem with the demand to step up testing; given that HIV counseling and testing is a critical entry point to other HIV prevention services. This implies that a lot needs to be done to provide HCT services to communities.

There are lots of people who are HIV positive but they do not know, simply because they have not taken a HIV test. Linkage into care: In previous interventions, not much attention was paid to strengthening linkage of newly diagnosed HIV positive clients into care and treatment. Between the HIV testing and care points, the attrition rate of referred clients is significant, compounded with limited efforts to follow up. Within the “test and treat” intervention, linkages into HIV Care and treatment is among the four pillars, and success of its implementation significantly contributes to improved patient adherence and thus better treatment outcomes and quality of life for people living with HIV. AHF Rwanda works to ensure that individuals who are identified as positive are actively linked to care.

Care and Treatment AHF Rwanda stands tall in increasing its support, both at site level and in geographic coverage. We support health facilities to ensure that people living with HIV receive quality care and this is done through:

* Ensuring that health care providers are well trained and adequately equipped with updated information concerning management of HIV.

* Providing support to health centers by addressing human resource issues and follow up of patients. * AHF also pays Mutuelle Health insurance for patients in order for them to access treatment for other diseases * Supporting laboratory infrastructure within AHF supported sites to ensure that HIV patients are adequately monitored.

* Advocacy program: AHF Rwanda implements various advocacy initiatives and works to influence policies in-country for the benefit of People Living with HIV (PLHIV). AHF Rwanda joins the other countries to celebrate two big events annually: As part of its annual activities, AHF Rwanda commemorates the World AIDS Day and the International Condom day on December 1st and February 13th respectively. These activities provide an avenue to evaluate efforts and campaign for continued participation by all stakeholders to address the existing gaps. In addition, it is an opportunity to show solidarity with people infected and affected by HIV. If the world must achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 global goals and AHF’s 20X20 initiative (to get 20 million on treatment by the year 2020), there is the need for renewed synergies and implementation of new strategies for effective HIV prevention and treatment.

HIV Counseling and Testing program: AHF Rwanda implements comprehensive testing models with a strong community outreach component, making our services more accessible in hard-to-reach areas. AHF Rwanda works closely with local organizations, implementing programmatic activities to create a sustainable system of health impact among at-risk populations. Currently the organization partners with 5 Community based organizations (CBOs) across the country. These CBOs are supported to conduct mobilization, education and referral to services. This is an effective snowball mechanism for reaching Key Population. In line with the 2015 national theme for World AIDS day, “re-engaging communities for effective HIV prevention”, AHF theme “Dream big end it” was in tandem with the demand to step up testing; given that HIV counseling and testing is a critical entry point to other HIV prevention services. This implies that a lot needs to be done to provide HCT services to communities. There are lots of people who are HIV positive but they do not know, simply because they have not taken a HIV test. Linkage into care: In previous interventions, not much attention was paid to strengthening linkage of newly diagnosed HIV positive clients into care and treatment. Between the HIV testing and care points, the attrition rate of referred clients is significant, compounded with limited efforts to follow up. Within the “test and treat” intervention, linkages into HIV Care and treatment is among the four pillars, and success of its implementation significantly contributes to improved patient adherence and thus better treatment outcomes and quality of life for people living with HIV. AHF Rwanda works to ensure that individuals who are identified as positive are actively linked to care. Care and Treatment AHF Rwanda stands tall in increasing its support, both at site level and in geographic coverage. We support health facilities to ensure that people living with HIV receive quality care and this is done through: * Ensuring that health care providers are well trained and adequately equipped with updated information concerning management of HIV. * Providing support to health centers by addressing human resource issues and follow up of patients. * AHF also pays Mutuelle Health insurance for patients in order for them to access treatment for other

diseases * Supporting laboratory infrastructure within AHF supported sites to ensure that HIV patients are adequately monitored. * Advocacy program: AHF Rwanda implements various advocacy initiatives and works to influence policies in-country for the benefit of People Living with HIV (PLHIV). AHF Rwanda joins the other countries to celebrate two big events annually: As part of its annual activities, AHF Rwanda commemorates the World AIDS Day and the International Condom day on December 1st and February 13th respectively. These activities provide an avenue to evaluate efforts and campaign for continued participation by all stakeholders to address the existing gaps. In addition, it is an opportunity to show solidarity with people infected and affected by HIV. If the world must achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 global goals and AHF’s 20X20 initiative (to get 20 million on treatment by the year 2020), there is the need for renewed synergies and implementation of new strategies for effective HIV prevention and treatment.

 

Estimated number of people living with HIV: 210,000

Children (0-14 years): 22,000

Adults (15 and up): 190,000

Women (15 and up): 120,000

HIV prevalence (ages 15-49): 2.8%

Deaths due to AIDS: 3,000

Orphans due to AIDS (0-17): 85,000

Source: UNAIDS 2014 estimates

 

Treatment sites: 16

Locations: Kinyinya, Ramera, Rubona, Kigali, Kagugu, Kabuye, Kacyiru, Gitega, Ruhengeri, Rwankeri, Nyanza and Nyakigezi Healthcare Centers

Patients in AHF care: 22,261

Patients receiving ARTs: 23,801

 

Person in charge: Leonard Bantura
Title: Prevention and Testing Coordinator
Organization name: AHF Rwanda
Address:
Kacyiru, KG 686 ST, Plot 016
B.P 7578, Kigali – Rwanda
Cell Phone(+250)788305634
Tel office : + (250) 584834

Etienne HAKIZIMANA Title: Prevention and Testing Coordinator
Organization name: AHF
Rwanda Address: Kacyiru, KG 686 ST, Plot 016 B.P 7578, Kigali – Rwanda
Cell Phone(+250)788305634
Tel office : + (250) 584834

HIV/AIDS Information:

Rwanda has HIV prevalence rate stabilized around 3%, and concentrated in some high risk groups such as Female sex workers at 45%. The HIV prevalence in the population aged 15-49 as estimated through the Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) remained the same in 2005, 2010 and 2015 DHS. HIV prevalence in 2015 remained higher among women (4%) than in men (2%) and higher in Kigali City (6.3%) than in the other provinces (average 2%), maintaining the same trend as reported in DHS 2015 data. (Source: RDHS 2015). Among women and men who had multiple partners in the last 12 months, only 31% men and 48% women reported use of condom in the last sex intercourse (RDHS 2015).

The HIV prevalence among Female sex workers is much higher than any other group at 45% countrywide and 51% in Kigali city; which classifies this group as the major driver of HIV transmission in Rwanda.

 

Estimated number of people living with HIV: 210,000

Children (0-14 years): 22,000

Adults (15 and up): 190,000

Women (15 and up): 120,000

HIV prevalence (ages 15-49): 2.8%

Deaths due to AIDS: 3,000

Orphans due to AIDS (0-17): 85,000

Source: UNAIDS 2014 estimates

 

The AHF is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS organization in the world. It provides health care services to

more than 600,000 patients in 36 countries; including the US, throughout Africa, Latin

America/Caribbean, Europe and Asia. In Rwanda, it is better known as AHF Rwanda and has been

operating in the country since 2006, when it commenced services in Shyira, Kibagabaga and Kanombe

District Hospitals. Currently, AHF Rwanda works in 8 Districts (Kicukiro, Nyarugenge, Gasabo, Nyabihu,

Musanze, Rubavu, Huye and Nyanza) and supports 20 Health Facilities.

Staying true it’s mission to provide cutting edge medicine and advocacy regardless of the ability to pay,

AHF Rwanda is committed to increasing access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment services through a

targeted model, that ensures greater population coverage in terms of HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT)

and access to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).

> Treatment Sites: 20 sites supported

> Patients receiving ART: 2043 patients

Patients in Care: 21,014 patients

 

HIV Counseling and Testing program: AHF Rwanda implements comprehensive testing models with a strong community outreach component, making our services more accessible in hard-to-reach areas. AHF Rwanda works closely with local organizations, implementing programmatic activities to create a sustainable system of health impact among at-risk populations. Currently the organization partners with 5 Community based organizations (CBOs) across the country. These CBOs are supported to conduct mobilization, education and referral to services. This is an effective snowball mechanism for reaching Key Population.

In line with the 2015 national theme for World AIDS day, “re-engaging communities for effective HIV prevention”, AHF theme “Dream big end it” was in tandem with the demand to step up testing; given that HIV counseling and testing is a critical entry point to other HIV prevention services. This implies that a lot needs to be done to provide HCT services to communities. There are lots of people who are HIV positive but they do not know, simply because they have not taken a HIV test.

Linkage into care: In previous interventions, not much attention was paid to strengthening linkage of newly diagnosed HIV positive clients into care and treatment. Between the HIV testing and care points, the attrition rate of referred clients is significant, compounded with limited efforts to follow up. Within the “test and treat” intervention, linkages into HIV Care and treatment is among the four pillars, and success of its implementation significantly contributes to improved patient adherence and thus better treatment outcomes and quality of life for people living with HIV. AHF Rwanda works to ensure that individuals who are identified as positive are actively linked to care.

Care and Treatment AHF Rwanda stands tall in increasing its support, both at site level and in geographic coverage. We support health facilities to ensure that people living with HIV receive quality care and this is done through: * Ensuring that health care providers are well trained and adequately equipped with updated information concerning management of HIV. * Providing support to health centers by addressing human resource issues and follow up of patients. * AHF also pays Mutuelle Health insurance for patients in order for them to access treatment for other

diseases * Supporting laboratory infrastructure within AHF supported sites to ensure that HIV patients are adequately monitored. * Advocacy program: AHF Rwanda implements various advocacy initiatives and works to influence policies in-country for the benefit of People Living with HIV (PLHIV).

 

AHF Rwanda joins the other countries to celebrate two big events annually: As part of its annual activities, AHF Rwanda commemorates the World AIDS Day and the International Condom day on December 1st and February 13th respectively. These activities provide an avenue to evaluate efforts and campaign for continued participation by all stakeholders to address the existing gaps. In addition, it is an opportunity to show solidarity with people infected and affected by HIV. If the world must achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 global goals and AHF’s 20X20 initiative (to get 20 million on treatment by the year 2020), there is the need for renewed synergies and implementation of new strategies for effective HIV prevention and treatment.

Currently AHF Rwanda provides services to over 21,000 people, in 20 health facilities, across 8 Districts in Rwanda. Since commencement of the HIV testing program in 2006, over 600,000 people have been counseled and tested and more than 8 million condoms have been distributed through different approaches, including Condom Dispensers placed at hot spots and the International Condom Day celebration. AHF Rwanda has made tremendous contributions to health infrastructure and equipping of health units, through the installation of 3 CD4 machines for patient monitoring, renovation of Laboratories and building of HIV clinic in Gasabo District.

Contact Information

Person in charge: Leonard Bantura
Title: Clinical Team Lead
Organization name: AHF Rwanda
Address:
Kacyiru, KG 686 ST, Plot 016
B.P 7578, Kigali – Rwanda
Cell Phone(+250)788305634
Tel office : + (250) 584834

Etienne HAKIZIMANA Title: Prevention and Testing Coordinator
Organization name: AHF
Rwanda Address: Kacyiru, KG 686 ST, Plot 016 B.P 7578, Kigali – Rwanda
Cell Phone(+250)788305634
Tel office : + (250) 584834

Health Stats

Estimated number of people living with HIV: 210,000

Children (0-14 years): 22,000

Adults (15 and up): 190,000

Women (15 and up): 120,000

HIV prevalence (ages 15-49): 2.8%

Deaths due to AIDS: 3,000

Orphans due to AIDS (0-17): 85,000

Source: UNAIDS 2014 estimates

Health Stats

Health Stats

Location

Treatment sites: 16

Locations: Kinyinya, Ramera, Rubona, Kigali, Kagugu, Kabuye, Kacyiru, Gitega, Ruhengeri, Rwankeri, Nyanza and Nyakigezi Healthcare Centers

Patients in AHF care: 23,924

Patients receiving ARTs: 22,474

 

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