People with disability who are HIV positive demand more support at CSOs advocacy meeting
Around 80 participants that include the Civil society organizations, public institutions, National Programs, UN Agencies were brought together to evaluate achievements, identify challenges faced and its possible solutions ,revise lessons learnt and celebrate success stories from the CSOs’ role in the national response to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and to advocate for continuous support for their work and its sustainability .
A woman client from bumbogo cell ,who is in six women cooperative that have 4 people with positive cases, is glad that her life is not in danger anymore and has wishes and request to help her with her fellow to improve their livelihood. She says I have been positive for six years and I feel good now. I go regulary to health center to take my medicines. I request all CSOs to continue HIV awareness and prevention especially to people with disability who are HIV positive in particular and Rwandans in general. From advice of counselors, I try also to teach others how to prevent from HIV and I live very well with other people without any discrimination. we wish to be supported and do small generating income business for livelihood sustainability.
Etienne Hakizimana in charge of prevention and fighting against HIV at AHF Rwanda
Not only the people with HIV can disseminate the preventive messages but also NGOs contribute.
Etienne Hakizimana in charge of prevention and fighting against HIV at AHF Rwanda said that We have many preventative measures and methods including use of condoms, and medical advises that help Rwandan know how to avoid infections.
The government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health is ready to work with civil society organizations to continue fighting against the three diseases :HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria .
Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi, The state Minister of public and primary Healthcare /Ministry of Health Rwanda
A health population is precondition for a health nation. The civil society has played an important role in fight against HIV,TB and malaria. We are mobilizing resources to be able to respond to needs in communities because funds are vital in the process of responding to the three diseases,” Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi, State Minister for health mentioned.
CSOs have been in critical conditions and the number of NGOs reduced due to fund reduction from Global fund support and different ways have been identified to bridge the gap and help them continue to operate their programs and reach communities.
AHF Rwanda client