AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Rwanda, today reinforced its commitment to promoting access to healthcare services in the country through a two-part donation to the government's Community-Based Health Insurance (CBHI) scheme. The first tranche of 133,866,000 RFW will support CBHI for 10,822 households with 44,622 beneficiaries, while the second tranche of 22,291,00 RWF will cover CBHI in 1,302 homes. The CBHI scheme, which the government of Rwanda initiated in 2005, increases access to healthcare services and fosters a culture of prevention by alleviating the financial burden of medical costs for many, especially among the poor and vulnerable households.
"This contribution aligns closely with our mission of providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy regardless of the ability to pay, and will enable thousands of Rwandans, including our clients, to exercise their right to health, thereby promoting equity in health coverage," said Dr Lambert Rangira, Country Program Manager, AHF Rwanda. "Our responsibility is to champion better and more cost-effective ways of delivering patient-centred care, which results in healthier, more productive, and more fulfilling lives for our clients."
Since 2006, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Rwanda Biomedical Centre, AHF Rwanda has provided significant support towards strengthening healthcare services and their delivery in the country, particularly in the HIV/AIDS response. This includes the provision of HIV testing, care and treatment, condom distribution and human resources for health across 29 health facilities in 10 districts: Nyarugenge, Gasabo, Kicukiro, Rwamagana, Kayonza, Nyanza, Huye, Musanze, Nyabihu, and Rubavu; supporting more than 33,000 People Living With HIV.
On the advocacy side, the organisation has championed various initiatives to promote access to healthcare, such as the Vaccinate Our World (VOW) Campaign to address COVID-19 vaccine inequities, the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, and the AHF Grant Fund to strengthen the capacity of CBOs to tackle HIV in communities. Furthermore, its Girls Act Program fosters leadership, confidence and education among young women and girls as essential for preventing HIV, STIs and unplanned Pregnancies. AHF Rwanda is able to achieve all of this by working closely with Civil Society Organisations and the NGO Forum.
"Over the years, we have kept our promise to the government and people of Rwanda as a critical partner in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and we are committed to this collaboration towards Global AIDS Control," added Dr. Rangira.
About AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.6 million people in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.
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