Together for a Healthy Society


  1. The mobilization of communities by NGOs and their involvement in the analysis of their needs through participatory processes have made interventions better adapted to the characteristics and needs of the population;
  2. The involvement of PLHIV in prevention through testimonies have made prevention more practical and more effective;
  3. The mobilization of religious leaders and their involvement in sensitization campaigns on HIV testing – with 130 of them who accepted to take the HIV test in public in 2008 – has contributed to demystify the stigma associated to HIV testing;
  4. Involvement of associations of PLHIV in community sensitization for HIV testing has increased demand for VCT (PEARL program). Home-based care programs have increased VCT uptake in the families of PLHIV;
  5. Involvement of associations of PLHIV in community sensitization around PMTCT has also contributed to an increase in the enrolment for PMTCT;
  6. The acceptance by religious leaders to provide sero-discordant couples with condoms has allowed FBOs to improve prevention with PLHIV even if the distribution of condoms by FBOs remains very limited;
  7. The mobilization of community leaders by CSOs and their involvement in prevention campaigns at local level has contributed to HIV awareness raising;
  8. The involvement of thousands of CSOs in community outreach in the whole country has improved the coverage including in areas difficult to reach;
  9. The delivery of VCT and PMTCT services by the health facilities managed by FBOs and some NGOs have contributed to the scaling up of HIV testing and PMTCT services;
  10. Some NGOs have reached marginalized groups such as sex workers and prisoners who were not reached by other interventions improving access of those two groups to health services, and socio-economic integration of sex workers;
  11. Some NGOs have developed IEC and BCC materials which are well adapted to the needs of the communities they target.
Eradication of all barriers that could compromise the behaviour change of Rwandan population by way of which men, women and children are protected from HIV/AIDS and PLWHA are able to partake in the same rights as all citizens. ×
To promote, coordinate, monitor and evaluate activities of NGOs engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Rwanda, Networking and advocacy for civil society involvement in all HIV/AIDS program and policy development in order to improve the living conditions of the affected communities ×
Increase civil society capacity to implement effective community responses on HIV & AIDS, Malaria, TB and non communicable diseases ; Strengthen communities' influence in national programming and in national and international policies; Strengthen the NGO Forum on HIV/AIDS as a partnership of strong national linking organizations for health promotion; Enhance the capacity of members and other stakeholders to effectively respond to HIV & AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and non communicable diseases and their impact Enhance greater participation of members and other stakeholders to advocate for development and implementation of policies on HIV & AIDS, Malaria, TB and non communicable diseases Increase access to resources by members through mobilization, grant making and management Increase access to resources by members through mobilization, grant making and accountability ×
Rwanda NGO Forum on HIV/AIDS upholds the following guiding principles: Respect, transparency and accountability; Information dissemination; Anti-stigma and discrimination; Time management; Commitment and good governance; Civil Society commitment to National and international declarations. ×