By Elias Hakizimana
UNAIDS Report shows that AIDS-related deaths drop from 6,000 in 2010 to 3,100 in 2017.
The progress shows Rwanda’s AIDS response success story over the past ten years in reducing related deaths and new HIV infections.
Since December 2016, Rwanda has implemented a differentiated model for service delivery for people living with HIV.
According to the most recent HIV testing and treatment data from Rwanda’s 2018 national report, 189,000 people with HIV were on life-saving antiretroviral therapy.
In 2017, Rwanda adopted HIV self-testing as additional HIV testing approaches both free distribution and private purchase through pharmacies.
Reports show that from 2010 to 2017, people on treatment increased from 89,300 to 186,000, new HIV infections decreased from 9,300 to, 7,400 per year.
It also shows that AIDs orphans decreased from 120,000 to 69,000 while coverage of pregnant women who receive medicine to stop HIV transmission increased from 70 per cent to 92 per cent.
“Extraordinary efforts are needed to achieve results in global health and development, in order to transform the lives of our citizens. As leaders, we will need to be innovative In our approach to these defining issues of our time,” the report quoted His Excellency Paul Kagame.
With these words, President Kagame set the agenda for Rwanda’s leadership in the AIDS response. Always at the forefront of innovation for HIV treatment, diagnostics, financing or community engagement, Rwanda has become a champion and true leader that the world can look to for direction today in ending Aids, stated Michel Sidibe, the Executive Director, UNAIDS.
“We are committed to do all we can under this programme to end new HIV infections among newborn children in Africa and to protect the lives of their mothers. We shall never relent until we are sure that there is no new HIV infection in the country. It is a long journey we started and it still continues,” Her Excellency Mrs Jeannette Kagame, first lady of the Republic of Rwanda also was quoted.
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