By Elias Hakizimana.
While inaugurating a campaign against new HIV infection among Rwandan population especially young generation, Aids Health Care Foundation (AHF-Rwanda) has today tested 201 youth and disseminated free condoms in Kigali.
Only two were tested HIV positive.
The initiative has as a theme: “My child, my pride,” and was inaugurated by First Lady of Rwanda Mrs Jeannette Kagame at Petit Stade Amahoro Stadium on September 10, 2018.
Community health workers and hygiene was leading the initiative where 871 citizens from Nyarugenge District participated. the campaign is named “Free to shine campaign”
Two Districts among the participants namely Burera and Karongi were recognized for having zero newborn HIV Infection.
According to Jeannette Kagame, the vision of Africa is to have zero HIV infection among the children by 2030, but as she said in Rwanda in ten years ago, the issue has moved from 20 to 1,5 percent, that gives a hope that by 2030 this will be a history in partnership with various partners in Health such as AHF-Rwanda, Ministry of Health as well as other development partners.
Speaking during the campaign, Dr Brenda Asiimwe Kateera, AHF-Rwanda Country Program Manager said that the campaign aims at increasing efforts in reducing newborn HIV infection.
“In Rwanda, we have made a tremendous achievement in reducing this as per 100 pregnant women who have HIV/AIDS infection, only 1.5 percent newborn is HIV positive, the remain number is huge and it requires momentum efforts to reduce this number from 1.5 to zero percent,” Kateera said.
Dr Brenda Asiimwe Kateera, AHF-Rwanda Country Program Manager said that the campaign aims at increasing efforts in reducing newborn HIV infection.
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