Botswana has suffered severe developmental drawbacks as a result of HIV & AIDS since the mid-1980s however to date the southern African country has made remarkable recovery in improving the health and well-being of its citizens. Botswana managed through several public health initiatives that include being the first in Africa to provide free anti-retroviral therapy to all its citizens. This has positioned Botswana well to achieve the UNAIDS “90-90-90 Treatment Target’.
Key Populations: Mapping & Size Estimation
ACHAP takes SMC to rural Botswana
Driving along the muddy and wet roads for long distances are just part of the Francistown SMC team’s daily routine. The team comprised of Ofentse Seosenyeng, an Assistant Programme officer who mobilises for Safe Male Circumcision (SMC), along Nametsagang Moendambele, a driver and Iponeng Tiro-Kebonye who is a HIV Testing and SMC Counsellor. They are determined to take SMC services to the hard to reach areas.
Community System Strengthening makes a difference
Community conversation is an interactive process which brings together members of the community under one roof. This process encourages the community to think, discuss and explore the main causes and underlying issues behind their health problems in their respective communities. ACHAP’s Community System Strengthening module under the Global Fund is supporting the process of facilitating conversations within various communities in Botswana.
ACHAP interacts with Ntlo Ya Dikgosi
On the 1st of February 2017 some of the ACHAP management met with members of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi for a morning interactive session with the view of sharing insight on the success and challenges the organisation implements and explore possible areas of partnership.
ACHAP PARTICIPATED AT KWENENG WEST HEALTH FAIR
On the 25th of November 2016, ACHAP participated at a Health fair organised by District AIDS Coordinator office (DAC) at Takatokwane village in Kweneng west themed “Prevention & Early Detection; Key to good Health.” The guest speaker at the health fair was the ACHAP Executive Officer-Programs, Dr. Frank Mwangemi. The main purpose of the health fair was to bring health service closer to the people and encourage them to take responsibility of their health through regular visits to doctors for early disease detection and possible early and treatment.
Disaneng Headman appreciates the Community Systems Strengthening Initiative
As part of the team which visited the Ngamiland district with the Global Fund oversight committee recently, our Marketing, Advocacy and Communications Assistant Malebogo Mokgele had an opportunity to chat with Disaneng Ward in Maun headman Kgosi Tatlhego Raphenya.
ACHAP partners with the Lesotho National AIDS Commission
Maseru, Lesotho, November 2, 2016 – ACHAP and the Lesotho National AIDS Commission(NAC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to improve the overall state of health, HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and other health related interventions in the Kingdom of LESOTHO. Through the MoU ACHAP will strengthen the cooperation with the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho and deepen the partnership through greater engagement while leveraging ACHAP’s experience and core competencies to accelerate the HIV/AIDS National Response in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
New Global Fund Portfolio Manager visits ACHAP
The new Fund Portfolio Manager (FPM), Ms. Maureen Murphy Richardson paid an introductory visit to ACHAP this week. The FPM will be overseeing the implementation of Global Fund project activities in Botswana. She is taking over from the outgoing FPM Ms. Arianne Hunte, Richardson was accompanied by a team of four consisting of two members from the Local Fund Agent (LFA), outgoing Global Fund Program Assistant and the CCM Secretariat.
Gaborone Rotary Club urged to encourage circumcision
Speaking at the Rotary club meeting that is held every Friday at 12:30 at Avani Hotel recently Dr. Jerome Mafeni said, Botswana has culturally been a circumcising nation but the way the community is currently responding towards Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC) is worrisome. He informed the gathering that though studies have proven that circumcising communities have less HIV prevalence than non-circumcising, men continue dragging their feet to uptake the service because of myths and negative perceptions.
ACHAP EMPOWERS SUB RECIPIENTS
As a principal recipient of the Global Fund in the implementation of HIV/TB grants, ACHAP is charged with the responsibility of coordinating the delivery of all project activities and disbursement of all inventories or requests needed for the execution of daily activities by sub recipients (SR).