Residents of Rubavu district have acknowledged that the fight against HIV/Aids should start within the community and individuals taking the first step to seek voluntary testing and counseling services (VCT).
These were part of the testimonies made by residents after more than 200 people participated in a VCT session sponsored by the Presbyterian Church, in Gacuba parish, this January 6, 2013.
The event was part of the community campaign against HIV/Aids, aimed at educating the community, preventing more infections and taking measures against the scourge.
One of the health workers at Gisenyi health center, Albert Muzima says that the participation of the community in such mobilization and VCT events positively impacts on the prevention and education of residents about HIV/Aids.
Gacuba Parish church leader, Pastor Joseph Ndagiro says that the campaign was organized as an effort of having a community of Christians with both health lives and spiritual nourishment as core values of the church’s mission.
Ndagiro said that even those found HIV positive during such exercises are integrated into church support programs which are conducted through associations of persons living HIV/Aids (PLWHA).