Rwanda: Improving adolescent outcomes in HIV
Our first project is in partnership with the University of Kigali to develop innovative ways to help adolescents make healthy choices and lead full healthy lives.
HIV IS EVOLVING INTO AN ADOLESCENT EPIDEMIC
Globally, 2.1 million adolescents are living with HIV. 3.3 million children are also living with HIV. After successful roll-outs of anti-retroviral therapy these children are expected to enter adolescence in full health.
ADOLESCENTS HAVE THE POOREST OUTCOMES AMONGST ANY AGE GROUP LIVING WITH HIV
Between 2005 and 2012 the total number of HIV-related deaths fell by 30%. However, amongst adolescents HIV related deaths increased by 50%.
POOR ADHERENCE IS DRIVING POOR OUTCOMES FOR ADOLESCENTS
The World Health Organization recently issued an urgent call for novel interventions to improve adherence amongst adolescents. In Rwanda, 29% of adolescents living with HIV have non-suppressed viral load because of poor treatment adherence.
To address this challenge we have been working with the University of Kigali to develop a program with three components to improve adherence and outcomes for these adolescents.
Using the power of financial savings and inclusion to motivate healthy choices.
Teens helping teens through peer mentoring to stick to their medications and stay well.
Provide young people with the skills to invest their savings and plan their future livelihoods.