ACHAP, a pioneering PPP modeled organization with an outstanding track record since starting operations in Botswana have attracted many visiting scholars and national leaders, among the many visitors was the recent delegation of Tanzanian Parliamentarians. The Tanzania Parliamentary Committee on HIV visited ACHAP amongst other institutions in Botswana recently. The delegation that was accompanied by the technical staff from the National AIDS Council were on a study tour of Botswana from the 3 - 6 May 2015.
Tanzanian Parliamentarians visit ACHAP
ACHAP share findings with Stakeholders
Following a successful completion of ACHAP Phase II, the organization hosted a Phase II Dissemination workshop at Cresta Lodge Gaborone on the 14th April 2015 to share a comprehensive contribution ACHAP has made to Botswana's HIV/AIDS and TB response. When briefing the participants ACHAP CEO, Dr. Jerome Mafeni said that, “the organization is now set to venture into new markets not only in Botswana but also in the SADC Region, though Botswana will remain the base.
Notification of Office Relocation
ACHAP wishes to inform its valued stakeholders and the public that it has relocated from Block C, Plot 61920, Letsema Office Park, Fairgrounds to Plot 64511, Block 5, Unit 1 Fairgrounds Gaborone.
This relocation is effective 6th October 2014. The telephone number and fax number as outlined below remain the same:
Plot 64511, Block 5, Unit 1 Fairgrounds Gaborone
Tel: +267 369 7200 • Fax: +267 393 3507
ACHAP honours Stakeholders
The African Comprehensive HIV/ AIDS Partnership (ACHAP) has honoured former President Festus Mogae with a Lifetime Achievement Award last Friday in recognizing his outstanding commitment to helping Botswana deal with the HIV/AIDS spread during his tenure as President. The awards ceremony held at Gaborone Sun August 15 was held to recognize and honour all those who have contributed to the organization’s success since it started its operations in Botswana.
Ten thousand tested for HIV in 6 months at Tutume District!
The Treatment Optimization Project, an initiative of ACHAP and the Ministry of Health, which was rolled out in August 2013 in Tutume district is beginning to bear fruits. The aim of this project is to increase access to HIV counselling and testing and, by providing point-of-care CD4 testing, lead to reduced time to starting ARV treatment.
Safe Male Circumcision well received by the Boteti Sub – District Police
A meeting with the police officers from Boteti sub District was held on the 08 January 2014 at Letlhakane in an effort to create demand for SMC services at workplaces around the district. Letlhakane Station Commander, Mr. Robert Mack encouraged male officers to circumcise as it is good for their health. The station commander emphasized that prevention is better than cure, hence officers should prevent HIV infection by adopting all the available strategies. The objective of the meeting was to disseminate SMC information to the police officers.
ACHAP CEO encourages people with disabilities to take up services
ACHAP has commended the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture for organizing a Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES), boot camp, an onsite training targeting youths living with disabilities who upon completion of the training would be taken through a YES attachment program as office interns. Speaking at the ceremony held in Molepolole on the 18 January 2014, ACHAP CEO – Dr Jerome Mafeni said the key to success is not focusing on one’s disability(ies) but rather on those abilities which make one unique and enables him/her to stand-out as an individual in any crowd.
Treatment Optimization Pilot project exceeds HIV Testing targets
The ACHAP funded Treatment Optimization Pilot Project in Tutume District is on track in delivering community-based HIV Counseling and testing as well as point-of-care CD4 count testing. According to the Project Coordinator, Dr. Kenneth Mugisha by end of December 2013, the project had provided HIV Counseling and testing (HCT) services to 6,008 clients against a target of 5,000- representing 120% performance above target. Of those tested for HIV, 62% were new testers, reflecting an increase in HCT uptake in the district.
Circumcised men applauded for fight against HIV/AIDS
The ACHAP Board Chairperson Mrs Joy Phumaphi applauded all young men who have gone for SMC to protect themselves, their partners and the community from the spread of the virus. She called them warriors and heroes in the fight against HIV/AIDS Botswana.
ACHAP Innovative Implementation Approaches for Safe Male Circumcision exceed expectations
The African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) has been supporting the Ministry of Health to scale up Safe Male Circumcision services in the country since 2009. ACHAP is supporting 11 health districts across the country with a staff compliment of 10 doctors, 20 nurses, 20 counsellors and 10 Health Care Auxiliaries. These teams are supported by staff from the DHMT to ensure continuity of service provision. However, during high demand periods, ACHAP engages private doctors, nurses and other necessary cadres on short term basis to help in service provision.