WE-ACTx works in partnership with the Rwandan government and its 24 partner associations to support a number of different programs in Rwanda. Programs include:
Voluntary Counseling and Testing: WE-ACTx began its VCT program in September 2005. It now has a stationary and 3 mobile VCT teams in Kigali and greater Kigali, each staffed by a 3-4 counselors and a lab technician. The program provide VCT to about 1300 people per month in a family-centered model. HIV-positive individuals are referred immediately for medical evaluation at WE-ACTx’s or partner NGO clinics for rapid entry into care. Currently 100% of children and about 90% of HIV-positive adults are in care.
HIV Care and Treatment: WE-ACTx operates two clinics in Kigali that offer comprehensive medical services, free of charge. To date, the program has served about 4000 patients. Approximately one-third of patients require ARV treatment, and 70% of patients receive prophylaxis HIV treatment. WE-ACTx is now working with the Rwandan government to help upgrade public health sites.
Family Program/Pediatric Care: KidsWE-ACTx provides a comprehensive continuum of care to HIV infected children and their families through an integrated medical and psychosocial service delivery model, informed by the partner associations. Care will begin with VCT, continue at the WE-ACTx clinical sites, and include home visits, social needs assessment, educational support groups, emotional counseling, permanency planning, and assessment and enhancement of the community understanding of families affected by HIV.
National Cervical Cancer Screening Program: WE-ACTx is collaborating with the Rwandan Women’s Medical Association, Ministry of Health and partner NGOs to develop a national cervical cancer screening program.