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A new film being launched in South Africa on 6 December just prior to the 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa highlights how Rwanda is delivering integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services to save the lives of women, their partners, and children. In Rwanda, new infections in infants have fallen from 6,800 in 1999 to less than 1,000 last year.
This film, and accompanying case study, highlight how Rwanda is delivering integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services to eliminate new HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive.
The film was produced by IPPF and UNFPA in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Rwanda and the Interagency Task Team on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Pregnant Women, Mothers and Children.
The Rwandan genocide of 1994 is well documented. During what has been described as “one of the most intensive killing campaigns in human history”, over 2 million people fled the country to neighbouring states. As they began to return home, settling in populous refugee villages with limited health support and infrastructure, pre-existing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) problems grew in volume and severity, and the need for action became ever more urgent.