ROADS to a Healthy Future (ROADS II) in Rwanda
In Rwanda, the ROADS to a Healthy Future (ROADS II) project supports interventions that focus on increasing access to services for HIV prevention, care and treatment; family planning and reproductive health; maternal and child health; and gender-based violence. ROADS II helps build the capacity of Rwandan organizations to identify and respond to health issues affecting their communities. The project also helps develop solutions that are locally relevant and sustainable.
ROADS II works closely with mobile populations and local residents living in Kigali, Gicumbi and Rusizi, including female sex workers, truck drivers, low-income women, orphans and vulnerable children, people living with HIV, out-of-school children, taxi drivers, fishermen, and homeless children and adults. The project is implemented by community groups that are organized and supported through a partnership between local governments, civil society organizations and FHI 360.
ROADS II in Rwanda combines traditional HIV risk-reduction strategies for most-at-risk populations with additional, comprehensive programming, including:
- Innovative strategies to identify and reach underserved populations of young sex workers, linking them with a range of health and social services and recreational centers for mobile groups
- HIV prevention through immediate social networks
- HIV testing and counseling that is linked to care and treatment services
- Support for orphans and other children vulnerable to HIV
- Creation of economic opportunities for people living with HIV or at risk of HIV due to economic vulnerability
- Services that address reproductive health; family planning; and maternal and child health and nutrition
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