Zonta International HIV Project

Elimination of New Pediatric HIV Infection and Prevention and Response to Survivors of Domestic and Gender Based Violence in Rwanda

Since 2008, Zonta International has provided 2.2 million US dollars through a partnership with UNICEF to support efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and prevent and respond to gender-based violence in Rwanda. As a result of these efforts, Rwanda is on track to achieve its first HIV-free generation in 2015. Women and children in Rwanda are still vulnerable to the repercussions of the genocide and war that took place 16 years ago. Treating HIV-positive women, preventing transmission of the virus to their offspring, and ensuring access to health care and reproductive services, as well as preventing and responding to the violence awoken by the brutalization of the society during the genocide, are critical issues for the development of Rwanda and the safety of its women and children. Building on the success of the project during the 2008-2010 Biennium, the project continued to focus on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV by providing the full range of family package services at 20 UNICEF-supported PMTCT sites throughout Rwanda during the 2010-2012 Biennium. In addition, the project seeks to expand holistic care and services at one stop centers for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence to ensure access to proper medical, legal, psychosocial and police support.

Reprinted from the Zonta International 2015 Annual Report