By The Inspirer reporter.
In previous Expos technology companies and food related companies claimed the best exhibitor’s award at Kigali expo, this year a nonprofit making organization exhibiting condoms among other sexual literacy services could out smart them.
This year, best exhibitor awards could go to non-government charity organization for their milestone results in making sure that Expo goers are prevented from acquiring sexual related infections.
For instance, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), United States Of America non -Governmental Organization has freely distributed over 4,000 condoms in the previous International Trade Fair held in Gikondo grounds-Kigali City.
In order to prevent, immune deficiency syndrome and Human Immune Virus (AIDS/HIV) including, syphilis, and gonorrhea, AHF opened 3 stands to serve condoms to the Expo goers willing to have protective sex after their daily business at the Expo.Condoms have been on high demand this Expo than before.
AHF started with distribution of about 4,000 condoms daily, but demand increased to over 462,000, as people kept flocking in the Expo for shopping and entertainment.
According to Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF), expo organizers, it estimates that over 35,000 visited the Expo daily.
According to Dr. Brenda Kateera, AHF Rwanda Country Program Manager, “We have three stands in this Expo to make sure that people receive access condoms easily, but demand increased every day since the inception,”
“During the first days of the Expo, we started with distribution of about 10,000 condoms daily, Expo goers kept demanding more, the number kept fluctuating up to 15,000 condoms every day , but we were ready with enough stock,” Dr. Kateera said.
At these stands, AHF displays condoms on the table, and whoever is interested comes and picks. Their stands are busy in evening hours from 8pm.
Dr. Kateera said that, from physical appearance, “it is clear that even adolescents aged 18 years old come and pick. We can’t refuse them access to condoms, because it would expose them [to HIV/AIDS].”
“We had stocked 350,000 condoms for the whole expo, but demand increased, we were able to distribute over 462,000 one day before the end of the Expo,” Dr. Kateera said.
In other days, these condoms are sold at Rwf100-200 and Rwf300 respectively, in the local pharmacies and other private business points like pubs and hotels.
Figures from AHF indicates that, males who come for condoms at the stand are 80% compared to 20% female.
“We had stocked enough, there couldn’t be any shortage, in past exhibitions we used to distribute about 10,000 or less, but the demand has increased,” Dr. Kateera told the Inspirer.
“ I have been getting free condoms here at least 3 times in a week, AHF has helped me people who are sexually active in this Expo, I think people have gone in their homes safe,”Steven Rutagengwa an expo goer told KT Press after picking a condom.
“People should not be shy to come and pick condoms, life is expensive and they should remember that HIV/AIDS Kills, condoms are 100% trusted and they should use them for safety,” Rutagengwa told the Inspirer.
To strengthen prevention of HIV/AIDS, AHF has so far opened 5 condom kiosks in high populated areas of Kigali city including, Nyamirabo, Remera-Migina, Nyabugogo, among others.
Other HIV/AIDS preventive measures are installation of condom dispensers in bars, offices, night clubs etc.
The country recorded 132,386,779 male condoms distributed between July 2013 and June 2014, while female condoms which are rarely used amounted to 45,020 condoms in the same period under review.
The distribution of condoms has been collaborated with Rwanda Private sector (PSF), Ministry of Health and AHF.
Every year, more than 20 million condoms are distributed in Rwanda.
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