President Khama calls for united force to fight HIV/AIDS epidemic

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama has expressed optimism that a united force against the prevailing HIV/AIDS epidemic is the solution in fighting the scourge.

Speaking on Monday during the World Aids day celebrations in Botswana, President Khama urged the nation to unite. “I sincerely believe that with your collective support and renewed energies, and that of our civil society organizations, the private sector, the faith sector, traditional and political leadership and our communities, a world without HIV is a real possibility.”

“As the clock ticks towards 2016, it is imperative that we leave no stone unturned in coming up with interventions that will make a difference,” President Khama added.

Botswana has set itself a target to reach Zero new HIV infections by 2016.

President Khama said that Botswana had steadfastly overcome the stigma due to heightened awareness campaigns, various AIDS interventions and a successful treatment programme.

Botswana, with a population of 2 million, recorded an estimated 71 percent decline in HIV incidence between 2001 and 2011.

This year’s celebrations were held under the theme: "Getting To Zero: Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS–Related Deaths".

The five-year theme is meant for countries to gauge their progress in relation to the 2011 UN Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS.
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02 december 2013 15:16:06

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