Over 400 people from across the country in different organizations and institutions have gathered together in Nyamirambo in Nyarugenge District to celebrate the world aids day; the Rwandan government, Civil Society and international donors have stood up under the motto of “Get up all against HIV/AIDS – Still there” in line with the 2016 global theme is “Hands up for HIV Prevention”.
Rwandan government has chosen that theme in order to sensitize people about reducing new HIV infections, zero AIDS death and zero stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV through equal access to HIV treatment, prevention, care and testing and respecting the human right to equality and non-discrimination.
Executive Secretary of RRP+ showing guests the handicrafts made by PLHIV.
The participants of the World Aids Day that marched and attended the ceremony at the regional stadium of Kigali in Nyamirambo got the opportunity of buying some handicrafts made by people living with HIV who are member of RRP+. Other institutions and organizations offered HIV testing and advice on antiretroviral treatment, distributed condoms and demonstrated the non-surgical male circumcision method called PrePex.
Guests who gave a speech all emphasized the good progress the Rwandan government made in prevention of new HIV infections: the rate of new infections has declined by 50 per cent; roughly 80 per cent of adults in need of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs are receiving medication (which reduces the risk of HIV transmission), while mother-to-child transmissions (MTCT) has been reduced to less than 2 per cent, according to statistics from Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC).
KAMPORORO Assoumpta testified in front of the audience about being HIV Positive.
”A person taking antiretroviral treatment has to know that those drugs are provided by Rwandan government; as we are the strength of our country, we have to take medication properly and show our government that we are capable of contributing to its development. Parents should also reveal their status of being HIV positive to their children”, testified KAMPORORO Assoumpta, board member of RRP+ (Rwanda Network of Person Living with HIV).
There is also significant progress towards achieving the UNAIDS ‘90-90-90 targets’, which aims at diagnosing 90 per cent of all HIV positive people, providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) to 90 per cent of those diagnosed and achieving viral suppression for 90 per cent of those treated, by 2020, according to Dludlu Sibongile, the UNAIDS country director.
Finally, the Minister of State used the ceremony of World Aids Day to announce the program of facilitating those who are stable to get their drugs from the health center of three months. Government has took the initiative of searching how they can facilitate students to take their medication without an obstacles they meet at school“, according to the Minister of State.
After the closing of the ceremony; The President of RRP+ thanked the 300 members of RRP+ for joining event.