This week, I’d like to take a moment to focus on GlobeMed and RVCP’s activities for World AIDS Day, which took place on December 1st.
At GW, Amro’s campaign team hosted an informational bake sale where GlobeMedders taught GW students about HIV/AIDS statistics of DC while also accepting donations in exchange for baked goodies.
RVCP held a soccer tournament in the Huye District for World AIDS Day and delivered critical information to 150 adolescents about HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and condom use. Emmanuel Bakundukize is the head of this initiative at RVCP and he wrote a really inspiring report about that day:
HIV/AIDS avoidance in 150 Village young people
The project is intended to increase the knowledge of 150 village young people about HIV prevention, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s); reproductive health and methods of family planning. Furthermore, it works under the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP), a health-promoting program that consists of 108 Rwandan medical and pharmaceutical students.
Goal: The overall aims and objectives of RVCP is to provide sustainable improvement in the health and living conditions of underprivileged communities through health promotion with an emphasis on self-reliance and active and responsible participation. RVCP seeks to work with the most disadvantaged villages in the Huye district. The Micro Project is specifically aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of the anti-HIV/AIDS clubs in problem solving, project management, and promoting greater awareness of responsible sexual behavior. The ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of sexually-related health problems, with the intention of spreading awareness to the greater community through the training of youth leaders. The project is set in Huye District/Southern Province of Rwanda.
THE REPORT OF SOME ACTIVITIES DONE in 2011
- Football tournament
The RVCP through its HIV awareness, reproductive health and Family planning has organized the tournament on 23 October 2011 in village to empower the clubs and attract village people by targeting the young people.
|*At the beginning of the tournament, the youth teams greeting the people.||*
The tournament was opened officially
Within the break ,even some of soldiers shared with the youth teams about the tournament
After tournament ,the anti-AIDS youth clubs presented the songs related to HIV prevention
These are some materials we use during the event
- World AIDS Day (WAD)
The World AIDS Day (WAD) in Huye was organized by Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP). There was a football tournament in the village called MPUNGWE Village with about 150 participants; speeches and performances with the central topic AIDS.
This year the central theme was: “Getting Zero incidence…”
There was a condom demonstration by some of village young people
N.B: The topics covered in sessions include: Anatomy and the physiology of the genitals, love and sexual relationships, HIV/AIDS (symptoms, methods of transmission, prevention, promoting voluntary HIV-testing) educating about reproductive health, responsible sexual behavior, HIV/AIDS& gender and sexual violence, treatment for and care of people living with HIV/AIDS as well as sexual transmitted infections (STIs) and family planning.
These are some activities we tried to do with respect to “HIV avoidance in 150 village young people”. However; this last does not have any donor to support it and this is the main obstacle we meet all the time. Moreover, such activities are very limited to reach the villages due to the lack of donors.
We remain hopeful to continue the progress we have made with the continued enthusiasm of the members of the Huye District and with the support of prospective donors.
Done at Huye on 09/12/2011
Coordinator of “HIV avoidance in 150 village young people”
Project leader in GlobalGiving
Director of HIV/AIDS Awareness, Reproductive Health and Family planning programme
National officer on Reproductive Health including AIDS-Rwanda
To learn more information about Emmanuel’s project and to help him and his fellow RVCP members stop the transmission of HIV/AIDS in Rwanda, go to http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hiv-aids-avoidance-in-150-village-young-people/.