On 3 February 2017 a two weeks long Medical outreach was concluded at Iwawa Rehabilitation Centre. The medical outreach provided Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT), Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision and Behavior Change Communication services to 1325 former street youth and drug addicted.
The just concluded medical outreach had been organised by RMH in partnership with Society for Family Health (SFH) and JPHIEGO, an international, non-profit health organisation affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University. It is part of a wider campaign aimed at fighting HIV among the youth and such activities will continue across the country according to Lt Col (Rtd) Dr Frank Rwema, in charge of medical outreach program at Rwanda Military Hospital.
The coordinator of Iwawa Rehabilitation Centre, Mr Niyongabo Nicolas expressed deep gratitude to organisers, saying that in addition to vocational training package, the youth benefited different medical services and leave the center knowing how to protect their health. “This is a gift offered to you by the Government that cares for your life. The only way you can recognise this effort is to change your life style and leave this centre determined to be good citizens”, he advised the youth.
Speaking on behalf of RMH Col Dr Osee Karangwa advised the youth to get rid of drug that endangers their future, and to embrace a new life. “You have been trained in different professions such as carpentry, construction, tailoring and others, just apply this knowledge when you are back to your villages, this will make your future very bright” he told over 4 thousand youth currently undergoing rehabilitation training.
Partners at Iwawa Army Week medical outreach thanked the RDF and Rwanda Military Hospital in particular.