New Program Champions Sustainable HIV/AIDS Services in Rwanda

New Program Champions Sustainable HIV/AIDS Services in Rwanda

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has selected a consortium led by CHF International to implement the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Program (CHAMP) in Rwanda. This four-year, U.S. $40 million cooperative agreement will work to provide Rwandan communities with equitable access to high-quality and sustainable HIV/AIDS services.

Specifically, CHAMP will mobilize and strengthen Rwandan organizations, institutions and the government. It will also improve and expand HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services, including care and support for orphans and vulnerable children. Additionally, it will build and strengthen linkages and referral systems among Rwandan communities, community-based service providers, and public/private medical health service providers.

In addition to CHF International, which is known for its community-based approach and management expertise, the CHAMP consortium also includes Catholic Relief Services, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs and Social Impact. The program will also draw on the expertise and enhance the reach of numerous Rwandan partners, including Caritas, Rwanda Women's Network, and the Rwanda Network of People Living with AIDS, among others.

In addition to providing extensive skills-building assistance that will strengthen local capacity for sustainable HIV/AIDS services, CHF International plans to directly subgrant a substantial amount of the funding to local Rwandan organizations, which will empower them with the financial resources they need to fight the epidemic effectively.

"We are very pleased to be playing a leading role in fighting HIV/AIDS in Rwanda, and commend the U.S. government, the American people and the Government of Rwanda for supporting such an important initiative," said Dr. Judith A. Hermanson, senior vice president of CHF International.

The CHAMP program was devised in the same spirit as another CHF International HIV/AIDS capacity building effort in Kenya, called Local Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Grants Management. That program is funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Founded in 1952, CHF International serves as a catalyst for long- lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping families improve their economic circumstances, environment and infrastructure. The organization provides technical expertise and leadership in international development, including development finance, housing and entrepreneurship.