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Safe Male Circumcision Mini Campaign in Manyana
The Manyana Safe Male Circumcision (SMC), mini campaign was organized by Moshupa District Health Management Team (DHMT) in partnership with ACHAP, Manyana clinic management and the Manyana Village Multi-sectoral AIDS Committee (VMSAC).The campaign took place from the 13th to the 16th of November 2012 at Manyana and it targeted 100 men from Manyana and its neighboring village of Mogonye.
Demand Creation Activities in Manyana
Demand creation-a process undertaken to educate community members on the benefits of SMC with the intention of getting them to demand the service and effectively refer them for service delivery is a critical milestone for SMC uptake. Demand creation work in Manyana started on the 6th of November 2012, a week prior to the SMC service delivery.
A team of ten lay counselors with experience of doing SMC mobilization, was put together to sensitize eligible men in the two villages to take up the SMC services at Manyana clinic during the three days of service delivery.
Kgatleng District Health Management Team (DHMT) Open Day
ACHAP's Managing Director Dr Themba Moeti urged residents of Mochudi and the surroundings to empower themselves with information on various health issues.
Speaking at the Kgatleng District Health Management Team (DHMT) Open Day on the 25th of October 2012 which was held at Mochudi Rovers Grounds, Dr Moeti urged the community to work with health professionals and to live healthier lifestyles.
He emphasized that it is upon an individual to seek for a healthier lifestyle.
The Open Day was held under the theme: An Informed and Involved Community-A Key to Healthy Life.
House of Chiefs briefing on SMC
In recognizing the important role and mandate of the House of Chiefs at both central and local level in supporting National HIV/AIDS initiatives, ACHAP participated in a House of Chiefs briefing on the 24th of October 2012. The purpose of the briefing was to sensitize Members of the House of Chiefs on ACHAP’s Partnership with the Government of Botswana in support of the national response to HIV/AIDS, with an emphasis on SMC and to solicit their support in SMC Demand Creation initiatives.
Thought Leadership Circuit on Innovative Financing for HIV/AIDS
With the global development funding and financial market landscapes undergoing fundamental and transformative changes, new ways of mobilizing resources need to be explored for the delivery of health programmes in a sustainable manner.
Strengthening the implementation of TB/HIV collaborative activities in greater Gaborone District
TB/HIV collaborative training Workshop was held on the 8th – 12th October 2012 at Cresta President Hotel, Gaborone to build capacity of health care workers to effectively implement TB/HIV activities. The training was aimed at:
• equipping health care workers with knowledge and skill in the management of dually TB/HIV co-infected patients
• strengthening the provision of comprehensive quality care and supportive TB/HIV services at the health facility level
Orientation meeting with senior police traffic officers in Francistown
Francistown operation area held an orientation meeting with the Botswana Police at Thapama Hotel during the month of August 2012. The purpose of the orientation was to:
• sensitize the Senior Officers on SMC Benefits
• inform the Senior Officers on the planned SMC campaign
• plan with the Police Officers on the mobilization efforts using traffic check points during the campaign with the view to agree on the targets, locations and mobilization methods/approaches.
SMC school campaign in Molepolole
The aim of the school campaign like in all the Operation Areas was to focus on school going boys of the age range of 13-19 because they cannot be reached out whilst going to school. The campaign which started on the 28th of June until the 31st of July 2012 was a success. Sojwe and Thamaga were assigned as outreach sites for ACHAP. The objective of the campaign was to offer SMC services to the communities in LOBOSOSHALE villages, (Loologane, Botlhabatlou, Sojwe, Shadishadi & Lephephe) where the target was 100 clients over a period of 5 days.