According to the NSWP Global Fund Country Profile, with all the successes reported in delivery of health services. Rwanda still faces many challenges for example Key and vulnerable Population are disproportionately affected by HIV, with FSW registering HIV prevalence of more than 45% compared to the national average of 3%.
FADA’s birth seeks to complement these existing efforts by the Government of Rwanda and Civil Society Organizations in the fight against HIV and for other rights of Key Population through the following programs;
Provision of free condoms and Lubricants
FADA, with assistance from international and local partners, are providing free condoms and lubricants to sex workers and the LBT community. In one of our earlier needs assessment studies, condoms were deemed expensive by most members upcountry and some from town while lubricants were generally heard of but rarely seen or used by the same members.
We decided to design a program to deliver these products to the community.
Peer education and outreach
We believe in letting the community carry out their own sensitization activities since they would share experiences with the targeted population. Peer educators are selected from our members in different towns in the country.
It is these members, after training, that educate their peers about access to health services and their rights for example encouraging Counselling and testing of HIV and STIs and ensuring those that are HIV positive know where to pick their medicine and take it on time
Community Based Health Insurance (Mutuelles de Sante)
Like in many countries across Africa and the world, health services are one of the big expenses families face. Out-of-pocket expenses at treatment centres across the continent make up a third of a homestead income in a year. Coupled with their low earning potential, our Sex Workers and the LBT community face the brunt of these challenges more than the rest of the population.
As an organisation, with the limited resources available, FADA decided to assist the most vulnerable members of our community by providing them with annual medical insurance and they are able to receive primary health care services at subsidized costs across the country. We hope to expand the programme to even more members whenever the funds become available.