Rwandan Taxi Drivers Want HIV Clinics Near Pick-up Points
September 6, 2001
Through their public transport association, drivers of Rwanda's minibus taxis have called for the opening of HIV clinics near the bus stations where they pick up passengers. The drivers have also asked the government to provide AIDS information by way of leaflets, brochures and cassettes. In many African towns, the hubs of public transport are bustling road stations that serve buses and local and long-distance taxis. The drivers, who are considered a part of the population at risk, urged Rwandans to put an end to the stigma surrounding living with HIV. Some 400,000 Rwandans have HIV/AIDS, and 500 are receiving drug therapy costing $140 a month.
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