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August 3, 2005

Women in RwandaAnother World Is Possible

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center for the Prevention, Care, and Research of Infectious Diseases, Cook County Bureau of Health Services and Departments of Medicine, Stroger (formerly Cook County) Hospital and Rush Medical College, Chicago, Ill (Dr Cohen); Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY (Dr Anastos); Women’s Equity in Access to Care and Treatment HIV Initiative (WE-ACTx), San Francisco, Calif (Drs Cohen and Anastos, and Ms d’Adesky).

JAMA. 2005;294(5):613-615. doi:10.1001/jama.294.5.613

Knowing that when we are sick with AIDS, we have no shelter on our head and no school fees for our children, that is what kills us.

Laurence Mukamurangwa,
Rwandan Women’s Network,
June 7, 2005

In 2003, Rwandan women’s associations issued an international call to aid women who had been raped and infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the genocide, and who were becoming sick and dying. As difficult as it was for the world to comprehend the tragedy of the 1994 events, it was even more incomprehensible that while women with HIV were not receiving antiretroviral medications, alleged perpetrators were receiving treatment in prison.1

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