The role of Education in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Rwanda

The role of Education in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Rwanda

Every day is an opportunity to highlight worldwide efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, a disease that has already killed hundreds of millions people in the word, mostly in Africa.

A destructive disease, HIV/AIDS is not only a life-threatening condition, but it also affects economic and human development, while exacerbating the cycle of poverty.

HIV/AIDS prevalence in Rwanda, according to the Ministry of Health, has been stable at 3%.

Despite no cure or vaccine being available, education has proven to be among the most cost-effective ways to prevent the spread of this disease.

In fact, education can save lives, by providing individuals with the knowledge to reduce their risk of becoming infected.

Educating children, and providing them with the knowledge and skills which can influence good choices to be made later in life, will protect them as they reach their most vulnerable years.

Similarly, educating young people about how this disease is transmitted, prevention practices as well as encouraging sporadic testing, can yield the maximum return on education investments.

This is particularly true for adolescent girls and young women, who continue to be the most vulnerable and highest risk groups.

Education promotes gender equality and women empowerment; what’s more, it has added benefits such as delaying marriage for young girls and providing an avenue for family planning.

Educated women are more likely to prevent the spread of the disease to their children, as they understand the importance of testing during pregnancy and are mindful of the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission via breastfeeding.

In addition to helping with HIV prevention, education increases the tolerance and empathy of individuals who have contracted the disease. By addressing fears and changing attitudes, education reduces discrimination and stigmas.

Dr Ikuzo Basile, Director of HIV Prevention Unit at Rwanda Biomedical Centre, he recently said that every one has been able to bring down new HIV infections.

He said: “We remind Rwandans and the whole world in general that AIDS is still there and it has not gone away, that is why everyone’s efforts are needed to better fight it.”

The Ministry of education, Ministry of Youth and Culture, Interfaith, NGO,s,  the private sector will play a key role and they have every incentive to do this. they should not wait for any call up It is a fight they must own.

 

THE RWANDASUN

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Johnson NDEKEZI

Johnson NDEKEZI is a Journalist covering all topics in the Entertainment World as well as Political and current Affairs.

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