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MSF in Rwanda, 2006/2007
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Since 2002, MSF’s work in Rwanda has focused on helping people with HIV/AIDS. The MSF program treats patients in Kimironko and Kinyinya health centers, both located in the capital city, Kigali. The projects include voluntary counseling and testing, medical care to prevent the development of AIDS, treatment of opportunistic infections and prevention of mother-to-child transmission. By June 2007, 6,200 patients were enrolled in the program, with 2,723 on antiretroviral (ARV) medicines. MSF helps implement the national AID S protocol and promotes access to generic ARVs, the less expensive alternatives to patented brands.
Handover of project in Northern Province
For four years, MSF also ran a reproductive health program in Northern Province, based in the maternity ward of the provincial hospital and six health centers in the Burera district. By the end of 2006, the capacity of the maternity ward of the hospital had increased to 104 beds and approximately 450 women were admitted monthly in the maternity ward. In Burera district, activities included medical care for the general population. Close to 179,000 consultations took place in 2006 in the different health centers supported by MSF, and over 1,700 referrals to the hospital were transported by MSF ambulances.
Activities involving members of the local health community, such as traditional birth attendants, have contributed to an increase in quality healthcare. The number of women giving birth within health structures increased throughout 2006, as did ante-natal consultations and family planning. By December, over 4,000 babies had been delivered. The project was transferred to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in December. The number of organizations now present in the country ensures sufficient capacity to react to major epidemics and natural disasters. The AIDS epidemic appears well contained because of a high level of investment made by local authorities and the support of many international actors.
MSF will cease its activities in the country at the end of 2007 and transfer its HIV/AIDS project to the MoH and its new partner organization.
MSF has worked in Rwanda since 1991.