In Rwanda, IHV AIDSRelief services provide prevention, care and treatment services through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief(PEPFAR). IHV AIDSrelief in Rwanda also provides high-level advanced medical education and training to the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MoH) for the implementation of its comprehensive national HIV program. As a result of this collaboration, the IHV continues to have a very productive working relationship with the MoH and other working partners in Rwanda.
The IHV has also been successful in implementing and assisting the Rwandan government by providing quality services that have yielded commendable outcomes. For example, the AIDSRelief program in Rwanda has one of the highest viral suppression rates amongst patients on treatment in all of the PEPFAR programs, and one of the lowest loss to follow-up care rates. AIDSRelief has also played a significant part in the highly successful national HIV testing program with more than 400,000 people tested by AIDSRelief thus far.
The IHV is currently working with the MoH to transition patients in HIV care at 20 facilities across the Western and Northern regions of the country to government-managed care. Many of the quality assurance systems needed to ensure the continued success of patients’ adherence to drug therapy are currently being built, and plans are being made for continued training and long-term technical assistance to support the Ministry of Health as it assumes a greater responsibility for these patients.
The IHV is also working on guideline development and research protocols and expects that, in continued collaboration with Rwanda’s Treatment and AIDS Research Center (TRAC), we will continue to provide the government and institutions in Rwanda with education, training and technical and research assistance in HIV and other health initiatives.