At the time of creating RRP+, many people in Rwanda lacked knowledge about HIV and linked HIV with immoral behavior. Consequently, this fueled HIV related stigma and discrimination against people infected and affected by HIV. To change this situation, representatives of 175 associations of PLHIV from across the country decided in March 2003 to form a network of people living with HIV (RRP+). Although RRP+ has initially been created for an unlimited period in accordance with law No 20/2000 of July 26th 2000, this was revised by law n° 04/2012 of February 17th, 2012 governing the Non-governmental Organizations.
RRP+ continued to grow and today it has over 130.000 beneficiaries of which around 68% are females. The beneficiaries are supported through 500 associations, 300 Cooperatives and 16 NGO
members of the network countrywide. The vision of RRP+ is that “Rwandans infected and affected by HIV are healthy, live in a socio-economic environment free from stigma and discrimination and are fully engaged in the HIV response.