The trade fair runs from 26th July 2022 to 16th August 2022. according to statistics from Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation (PSF), between 8000 and 10000 people visit Gikondo Expo grounds daily.
Considering the fact that the youth comprise a big number of the daily visitors, health organizations took advantage of the ongoing exhibition to increase AIDS prevention measures.
AIDS HealthCare Foundation (AHF Rwanda), a non-government organization announced the first week of expo saw more than 79000 condoms being distributed freely among the visitors.
Narcisse Nteziryayo, Prevention Programs Manager at AHF Rwanda said that with the help of the Ministry of Health, they have put up more measures to ensure that EXPO visitors are free from unprotected sex.
“We cannot lag behind when it comes to AIDS prevention in a country where more than 200 000 people lives with AIDS. We are ready to prevent that such number may increase,” he said.
AHF expects that during the second and the third weeks of EXPO, more 120 000 and 150 000 condoms will be distributed respectively.
Mugisha Musa from Muhima commended the work being done to protect the lives of those who attend EXPO 2022.
“As the youth, whenever you feel that you need to have sex, you can’t risk your lives doing it unprotected. You should rush here and grab one or two packs of condoms”, he said.
Besides giving free condoms, more emphasis is being drawn on raising prevention awareness campaign among women.
Figures show that number of women with AIDS in Rwanda account for a triple of men tested positive.