On 8th September 2016, UPHLS in collaboration with RNUD under the project “Local Nongovernmental Partnerships for Sustained Country Leadership in Rwanda” supported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) conducted an advocacy event with local authorities in Southern Province, Nyanza District in Gatagara model Health Center.

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Advocacy day in Nyanza District

The main activities done during the event are the following :

  • Guided tour to the health center where the invitees visited different activities done including accessible walk ways, accessible parking for PWDs, ramps.
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    Tour in health center
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Site visit in Gatagara health center
  • Different testimonies have been shared by PWDs who were not able to use the health center services before as they were not accessible for them but to day they are using the health center services easily as they were adapted. The head of health center gave the testimonies on how it was difficult to access the health services for persons with disabilities particularly HIV and AIDS services as they are in first floor and to get there you have to use the stairs but to day as there are the ramps, trained staff and other facilities in place PWDs are using the health centre services easily.
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    Advocacy day in Nyanza District
  • Exhibition of adapted IEC tools
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    Exhibition of IEC tools

In different speeches addressed during the events, the speakers appreciated the work done by UPHLS and promised the will of government to continue to advocate for such initiative in other health facilities.

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Advocacy day in Nyanza District