Gasabo: HDI impacted more than 5000 youth in Sexual reproductive Health services
Jean d’Amour Mutoni, HDI Rwanda program manager told Yeejo.rw that the impact of volunteers at HDI is awesome based on different changed they brought in terms of people’s mindsets and understandability.
“The impact is seen in the increase of confidence in discussing HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health knowledge, and participation in community service and mobilization (e.g. the numbers of adolescents mobilized for WAD)”.
Mutoni said that their volunteers’ impact ranges from their peers (1050) who benefited from a free male circumcision to 3773 who received HTC, condoms and IEC materials; as well as 724 who attended peer-led educational focus group on HIV prevention, which gives the overall calculation of 5000+.
Mutoni added that mostly three sectors of Gasabo district - Remera, Rusororo, and Ndera are highly benefiting from volunteers’ remarkable efforts.
The prime activities HDI volunteering do is attending training organized by HDI on HIV prevention and SRHR, peer-led focus group discussion on HIV prevention and SRHR, reporting to HDI about peer-led focus group discussions, mobilizing adolescent in their neighborhoods for HTC (HIV testing and counseling) and other events such as WAD, as well as organizing HIV prevention events.
HDI (Health Development Initiative)-Rwanda is a non-governmental organization based in Kigali whose vision is to have a society in which everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the highest standard of health and well-being, regardless of social, cultural or economic status which started in Rwanda in 2005, by the dedicated group of Rwandan physicians who were born and raised in remote areas of Eastern and Central Africa, where preventable diseases claimed many lives, especially those of women and children.