Botswana reports success in HIV/AIDS pilot programme

Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana Health minister Joy Phumaphi reported Tuesday that the country's house-to-house HIV/AIDS counselling pilot programme is succeeding.
Briefing UN special envoy on HIV/AIDS Steven Lewis, Phumaphi asserted that the programme launched last December in some parts of the country is not only proving feasible but also relatively cheaper and easier to run.
She added that the programme would be completed at the end of June and that the government was contemplating extending it throughout the country.
The new HIV/AIDS counselling method adopted by Botswana, which has the world's highest prevalence of the deadly epidemic, emphasises prevention rather than cure, and complements already existing measures in Botswana such as orphan and home-based care.
Lewis, who arrived in Botswana last Sunday, is on a four-day official visit to the country and has since held discussions with President Festus Mogae on the HIV/AIDS situation in Africa, and Botswana in particular.

13 june 2001 21:20:00

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