Strengthening Institutional Performance Through Strong Collaboration and Partnership
On Friday January 9th 2015, the AHF staff paid a courtesy visit to SFH Rwanda. This was initiated by SFH Rwanda with an explicit goal of strengthening collaborations and partnerships with different institutions including Civil Society Organizations.
AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION -has been operating in Rwanda since January 2006 with greater focus to providing health care services.
AHF Rwanda works in three districts (Gasabo, Nyarugenge, and Nyabihu) through eight healthcare centers, providing HIV testing, antiretroviral therapy, and prevention services integrated into general healthcare in line with the national strategy to reduce HIV prevalence through HIV testing, prevention, and care outside of standalone care settings.
Most recently, AHF Rwanda has scaled up HIV testing efforts and begun sensitization campaigns to educate masses on HIV prevention and testing by using billboards.
Each AHF Rwanda site offers comprehensive HIV and AIDS care, free of charge, including provision of antiretroviral medication, lab monitoring, nutritional supplements, and treatment for opportunistic infections supported by Mutual Health Insurance.
Prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission through comprehensive care of HIV-positive pregnant women is also a leading priority for AHF Rwanda. Pediatric care, tuberculosis screenings, family planning services, and social support are also available through AHF Rwanda.
Free condoms are offered through the clinics and during mobile outreach, as well as through strategically placed condom dispensers placed in such locations as universities, hotels, and clubs.
The SFH Executive Office informed Info Pack reporter that the partnership with AHF was basically organized as a courtesy gesture for institutions to deepen their collaboration and partnership.
In an interview with Info Pack reporter, Etienne HAKIZIMANA one of the senior magers from AHF said that AHF was happy for the SFH invitation and emphasized that the event was well organized and impressive: “this working relationship was fruitful and worthwhile” he said, “…as recommendation; we should organize other similar events and have more time” he added.