Rwanda First Lady Launches ‘Free To Shine’ Campaign Aimed At Ending Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

New Times: First Lady renews call to end new HIV infections in children
“…No child should be born with HIV/AIDS because his/her mother is infected, and HIV-positive mothers should spare no effort to ensure zero new infections of children. To achieve this, according to the First Lady, Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, it will require concerted efforts by all players, including government, development partners, as well as individual citizens…” (Mbonyinshuti, 9/11).

New Times: New drive to end HIV/AIDS infections among children to be launched
“…According to a statement by Imbuto Foundation, the campaign, dubbed ‘Free to Shine,’ comes at a time when the national prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) program moves to the next step to look at individual case by case in the framework of elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT). Imbuto Foundation is the brainchild of First Lady Jeannette Kagame…” (Mbonyinshuti, 9/10).

Xinhua News: Rwanda launches campaign to end mother-to-child HIV transmission
“…A launching event, in the Rwandan capital Kigali, attracted 2,500 people, including young mothers, youth, representatives from civil society organizations, the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies. Health Minister Diane Gashumba told the event that the campaign focuses on mobilizing citizens, especially women of reproductive age, to access HIV prevention services to stop new HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive…” (9/10).