KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda has reaffirmed its
commitment to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination
among HIV positive persons by 2020, says Rwanda
Biomedical Centre (RBC).
stigma and discrimination continues to endanger Rwandans
living with HIV, and it still prevents people from
coming forward for testing, prevention and treatment
reporters on Thursday, Ribarakare Mpundu, an officer in
charge of care and treatment at RBC said that stigma
associated with HIV and AIDS causes some people to deny
the risks of infection and avoid being tested, while
others hide their infection and avoid seeking support
looking forward to various campaigns to mobilize people
to end HIV stigma and link them to stigma-free HIV
testing, treatment and care by 2020. We believe that if
all the infected people would follow guidance and take
their treatment seriously, no one would be dying of the
virus,” he added.
that between 2010 and 2015 about 50 cases of people
living with HIV reported to have faced stigma.
statistics from the Rwanda ministry of health indicate
HIV prevalence stands at 3.1 percent in the country.
10,000 people are infected with the virus every year.
About 80,200 infected people are on anti-retroviral
drugs, the ministry statistics add.
says 81 percent of the HIV-positive persons have been
responding positively to treatment extended to them
through various channels.
the government of Rwanda launched the Treat All
programme aiming at putting on treatment whoever tests
seeks to end any form of stigma and discrimination
associated with the virus.
Experts call for
harmonized standards for staple foods in Africa
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Experts have urged African
economies to harmonize standards for staple foods on the
continent in order to promote and increase intra-African
trade in grains and cereals.
the call on Thursday during a regional meeting on staple
foods standards in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
staple foods include among others cereals, grains and
the East African Community (EAC) member states meeting
on EAC staple food standards harmonization from February
27th-3rd march 2017.
forum focuses on considering of public review feedback
on the draft EAC staple foods standards in order to
promote and increase cross border trade.
In 2013, the
EAC countries agreed on the recommended moisture content
for cereals and grains in the region in a bid deliver
improved food security to its citizens through increased
staples food standards in Africa will play a major role
in promoting intra-African trade through removing
technical barriers to trade hence ensuring food security
on the continent,” said, Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana,
secretary general, African Organization for
Standardization (ARSO) at the meeting.
that lack of standards is not good for trade, because
high costs and unpredictable rules make trade difficult
and discourage investments by small farmers in
increasing productivity and large investments by private
companies in input supply and food marketing.
conference experts concurred that facilitating
continental trade through harmonized food standards is
vital for reducing poverty and meeting Africa’s growing
demand for staple foods.
sufficient amounts of staple food could cost the
continent upwards of 150 billion U.S dollars per year by
brought together technical experts and hands-on
practitioners of the standards, representing both public
and private sectors, from all EAC partner countries and
beyond to consider the proposals received on the
specific parameters of the Standards and adopt a common
position on the standards.