On Wednesday 13th July 2011, the African, Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) handed over to Ministry of Health officials 28,000 disposable SMC kits, HIV/AIDS test kits for 50,000 clients, 10 diathermy machines and 40,000 re-usable forceps, amounting to BWP6,548,000.00 in support of the national Safe Male Circumcision (SMC) programme.
Handover of Male Circumcision Equipment
The Models of Care Study
The models of care study could not have come at a more critical time than now when ACHAP is transitioning the ARV support to the Government of Botswana (GOB). The Government of Botswana is now faced with an enormous task of ensuring that gains made in the area of treatment are sustained beyond donor support.
ACHAP Support to Botswana's National Strategy On Safe Male Circumcision
Botswana adopted Safe Male Circumcision (SMC) as an additional HIV prevention strategy.This development came as a result of the recommendations by UNAIDS and WHO, to countries that had high HIV prevalence while at the same time had low prevalence of male circumcision among men.
Washington Think Tank
ACHAP has embarked on a second phase of support to the national HIV/AIDS response in Botswana for the period 2010 – 2014. During this period a high priority is to strengthen prevention interventions among young people ages 15 to 29 years. Key interventions include a program to support national scale-up of access to safe male circumcision, supported by other HIV prevention interventions, and a youth-focused prevention program with a special focus on young women.
The Bomme Study
The Bomme Study was borne out of a previous Botswana Harvard Partnership study – the Tshepo Study which included intensive longitudinal follow-up of 451 women over a three year period and included on-site extensive education and counseling, pregnancy screening and access to family planning services. Even though these women agreed to avoid pregnancy during the study period, 71 pregnancies occurred.