Botswana: VP calls for behavioural change to fight HIV/AIDS

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has expressed concern about the HIV/AIDS epidemic that continues to trouble the country despite several initiatives put in place to fight the scourge.

Masisi said here Thursday that though progress made to date in battling the disease has been impressive, the country still has challenges with the epidemic.

“I am concerned that we are still faced with a challenge of behavioral change. Issues of multiple concurrent partners, inconsistent condom usage and inter-generational sex continue to be a concern. I appeal to you to desist from such behavior,” Masisi said.

Botswana remains one of the countries in Southern Africa that have been applauded for making impressive progress in the provision of life-saving anti-retorviral drugs and eliminating mother-to-child transmission.

According to Masisi, all health facilities in Botswana are dispensing ART - 561 out of 565 clinics and all 34 hospitals - with coverage levels estimated at 94.8% of those eligible for the drugs.

The Vice President challenged the nation to fully appreciate the different roles of each individual in ensuring zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths by 2016 and ending the HIV/AIDS scourge by 2030.
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23 avril 2015 09:17:14

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