Thursday, July 3, 2008
WE-ACTx was formed in response to a 2003 international call by Rwandan Women’s Associations to provide HIV medications to women who had been raped and infected during the 1994 genocide. WE-ACTx now supports three clinics providing comprehensive medical and psychosocial care in Kigali. More than 24 grassroots partner associations help to direct needed services and ensure patient adherence. The clinical care programs now include home visits, play therapy and support groups for youth, ages 15 through 24, who are HIV positive and struggling to define their futures. Fellowship and discussion, creative outlets, such as art projects; physical outlets including sports, dance and music; and intellectual outlets such as learning new and significant life skills are making a positive difference in their lives.