Congolese refugees in Kigeme camp have said that sensitization on family planning program and Aids prevention can be of great importance in reducing challenges faced in the camp.
On January 4th 2013, a two days sensitization program on family planning use and Aids prevention was concluded in Kigembe camp to enable residents embrace these crucial programs.
During the closure of sensitization organized by ‘AHA’ project (which cares for the health of the refugees), Associations and refugee representatives in Kigeme camp agree that sensitization was very much necessary in the camp.
Odette Nyiramugisha, in charge of women development in Kigeme camp explains, “In Congo we didn’t know about family planning because we had food and livestock, but in the camp life, it’s really important that we are taught about family planning.”
Head of Kigeme refugees’ camp, Deogratias Ntirenganya highlights that there is congestion in the camp but service delivery on family planning and Aids prevention has been availed to the refugees.
During the event, Ntirenganya explained: “we hold sensitization programs for men, women and youth on Aids prevention and family planning.”
Hon. Spéciose Mukandutiye, one of the sensitizers confirms that refugees have not fully embraced these programs but hopeful mindsets will change in future.
“What gives me hope is that the Congolese refugees have understood the importance of family planning,” she adds.
Théogène Habiyambere, worker at ‘AHA’ project that is concerned with health care in the camp, reveals that apart from sensitization condoms and family planning services are available in the camp.