H.E. First Lady of Rwanda at ICASA 2019 Rwanda on ending the HIV epidemic among young women and girls in Africa.

ICASA2019: Rwanda Achieved Remarkable Progress toward HIV Epidemic Control

By Ogundele Raphael ICASA 2019

Rwanda is one of the countries that have achieved 90-90-90 UNAIDS goals.This was confirmed by the Director General of WHO during the opening ceremony of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) on the 2nd of December, 2019 in Kigali. Rwanda Minister of Health Dr. Diane Gashumba said the country has successfully made 98%, 95% and 90% achievements.

Recall that in September 2019, the Government of Rwanda, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ICAP at Columbia University had released new data that demonstrate Rwanda’s remarkable progress toward achieving HIV epidemic control — particularly in attaining high levels of linkage to treatment and viral load suppression among people living with HIV.

Results from the Rwanda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (RPHIA) shows that 76 percent of all HIV-positive adults, including almost 80 percent of HIV-positive women, have achieved viral load suppression, a widely used measure of effective HIV treatment in a population. This surpasses the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) target of 73 percent by 2020. Rwanda has made tremendous progress by reaching or exceeding the UNAIDS 90–90–90 targets, particularly among women, and nationally by attaining 84–98–90 among adults.

The survey findings reflect the degree to which Rwanda’s national HIV programs and policies have contributed significantly towards reducing new infections and ensuring people living with HIV are linked to and sustained on HIV treatment. The RPHIA results informed the future direction of Rwanda’s efforts to reach epidemic control by closing identified gaps.

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