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Foreword


Information sharing is key to successful implementation of public health programs: It is only through timely informed decisions that the health sector can guaranty efficiency and effectiveness of its interventions.

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Foreword


Rwanda successfully hosted the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). This was a gathering of global/international/local scientists, leaders and activists working to address AIDS and STIs as global health challenges and assess progress made towards creating a free AIDS generation in Africa.

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Acknowledgement


Rwanda has always made commitments to fight against HIV since the early 80’s when first HIV cases were identified at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali. A National AIDS Control Program was established to serve as an institution mandated to help the country address HIV as a public health concern and development threat.

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Editorial


This issue has come after Rwanda successfully hosted the 20th International Conference on HIV/AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA2019) on 2-7 December 2019. At the Conference, 20 key sessions, engaging policymakers and implementors from across Africa and beyond and over 10 000 health professionals and 250 media and journalists gathered together to address AIDS and STIs as global health challenges.

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Community participation in the fight to end HIV/AIDS in Africa


Community engagement is imperative for linking those who are in need of receiving HIV prevention methods as well as treatment services. Adolescent girls and young women, for example, remain one of the most vulnerable groups. Not only do they bear a higher rate of HIV infections, but they also bear a disproportionate global disease burden, and often face intersecting health, social, cultural, and economic challenges.

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Investing in innovative technology to foster HIV voluntary testing


It takes innovation to continue making advances in the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as other epidemics. New innovations have made HIV testing, treatment, and care more accessible and achievable. In Rwanda, advancements in HIV include point of care testing, particularly for early infant diagnosis; pre-exposure prophylaxis; and treat all HIV positive regardless of CD4 count.

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Visionary leadership for the achievement of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets


Visionary leadership has proved to be effective in ensuring health for all and nurturing the HIV/ AIDS response in line with achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets aimed at testing, treating, and ensuring viral load suppression among people living with HIV (PLHIV) on the continent and globally.

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Rwanda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (RPHIA) - Key findings


The Rwanda Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (RPHIA), a national household-based survey, was conducted between October 2018 and March 2019 in order to measure the status of Rwanda’s national HIV response. RPHIA offered HIV counseling and testing with return of results and collected information about uptake of HIV care and treatment services. This survey was first in Rwanda to measure both national HIV incidence and viral load suppression (VLS). The results provided information on national and subnational progress toward control of the HIV epidemic.

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