In slightly over the past decade the involvement of Civil Society Organizations in Rwanda has increased tremendously. This involvement has grown beyond being service providers to advocacy and technical support. Umbrella organizations in Rwanda such as RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP coordinate the work of Civil Society Organizations in a bid to foster support for the National Health and Human Rights related program through being voice of the underserved, advocacy and technical assistance.
To that end, RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP has fulfilled various concrete achievements towards its objectives including members’ needs assessments through advocacy on local, national, regional and international levels i.e The network works closely with several partners in the HIV/AIDS response and health promotion both in the Country and the Region. These partners include among others; UN Agencies (UNAIDS, WHO, UNFPA), the World Bank, the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH), Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), and the Ministry of East African Community (MINEAC), Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS and Health Service Organizations (EANNASO), Eastern Africa Health Platform (EAHP)
Fully engaged in participatory processes, coordination of the involvement of associations of PLHIV in community sensitization for active contribution to the success of HIV/AIDS national response and scaling up the role of religious leaders and FBOs in general in the implementation of the national strategy on HIV/AIDS.
As a member of The East African National Networks on HIV/AIDs Organizations (EANNASO), RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP has participated in the regional consultative meetings that led to the establishment of the East African Community HIV&AIDS Prevention and Management Bill that was passed by the East African Legislative Assembly and eventually assented into Law by all EAC Heads of States. The Law also protects people living with HIV on their right to access balanced feeding to uplift their nutritional standards.
Established significantly strong partnerships with the Ministry of Health/Rwanda Biomedical Center, Rwanda Governance Board and one UN in implementation of Capacity building, Monitoring and Advocacy projects for its members and the community at large.
With the support from the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH), and Development partners, RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP has been able to advocate for members and affected communities to benefit from the Rwanda Global Fund since 2011 to date. The MOH/Global fund supports NGOs and CBOs intervening in HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment & Impact Mitigation. RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP main role was to coordinate their interventions and monitoring their activities as well as the impact on beneficiaries.
Established a forum in Partnership with the Rwanda Civil Society Platform at Civil Society level for strengthening CSOs advocacy.
Established a strong partnership with Rwanda Governance Board and one UN in implementation of Capacity building and Advocacy projects for its members; in partnership with the Rwanda Civil Society Platform has also been involved in strong CSOs advocacy for added value to local food industries in terms of fortified products including maize flour. It is that respect that the forum is fully committed to address the problem of Stunting among children in Rwanda and scale up the fight against malnutrition.
RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP has mobilized funds from other development partners including UNAIDS, Amplify Change, Rwanda Governance Board, OSIEA, AHF, 5% Expertise France and Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands to address issues on HIV/AIDS, SRHR, Accountable Governance and human rights respectively.
RNGOF on AIDS & HP has co-organized Advocacy meetings to increase of Domestic Resource Mobilization for health in Africa and the 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund.