By Kayitare Jean Bosco
Kigali- 1st February 2022, The Director of International Development, Advocacy and Policy for AHF Africa Region, Oluwakemi Gbadamosi, paid a courtesy visit to some projects by CSDI in partnership with AHF.
The visit was part of overseeing what impact has the grants and support from AHF had for the beneficiaries of CSDI projects which are funded by AHF before and during COVID-19 lockdown.
During the visit, the Chairman of CSDI, Mr. Leon Pierre Rusanganwa presented the progress report and showcased how the two emergency grants provided by AHF during the 1st and the 2nd total lockdown had helped the most vulnerable communities with HIV/AIDS and on medication.
the Chairman of CSDI, Mr. Leon Pierre Rusanganwa presented the progress report and showcased how the two emergency grants provided by AHF
“Our beneficiaries had already their businesses flourishing before Covid-19 pandemic. Most of their activities were business oriented due to the approach CSDI had undertaken which is known as Self Help Group. Most of them came to a halt because of the total lockdown. This resulted in draining of their savings completely.
The SHG approach helps members to know each other better and fighting HIV related stigma and discrimination while solving other socioeconomic issues. The approach helps convincing new members to go for HIV and NCDs VCT. CSDI makes sure that persons knowing their HIV status start treatment as for the test and treat approach to enjoy life, Said Leon Pierre Rusanganwa, The Chairman CSDI.
The beneficiaries of CSDI projects which are funded by AHF before
One Mukandayisenga not her real name because of her HIV status and privacy said; “Am grateful to staff and leadership from CSDI for their interventions during the lockdown. At first, we had even started thinking of stopping taking ARVs because we could go hungry after finishing all the savings we had from our groups. When CSDI brought us food items, sanitary kits and PPEs we got hope again we ate and continued taking medication.” She said while giving her testimony to AHF visiting team.
Narcisse Nteziryayo, Prevention Program Manager
Oluwakemi of AHF said; “Am very pleased with what I just witnessed and am glad you manage to increase the number of people who come forward for testing and others for treatment. I also applaud CSDI for continued good working relationship with AHF over the years. We are looking forward for more advocacy on what can be done more to support your new approach of Self Help Groups since it has proved to be working especially in making the beneficiaries self-reliant while fighting HIV stigma.”
The Chairman of CSDI, Mr. Leon Pierre Rusanganwa and Director of International Development, Advocacy and Policy for AHF Africa Region, Oluwakemi Gbadamosi
During the site visit Oluwakemi from AHF was accompanied by Narcisse Nteziryayo, Prevention Program Manager and Miss Irene Kayitesi in charge of Girls Act project from AHF Rwanda.
To date CSDI has managed to increase the number of beneficiaries to 44.9% since 2017.