Prevention of HIV
The Government of Botswana (GoB), in its 'VISION 2016' made a commitment to achieve the goal of 'Zero New Infections by 2016'. It is clear that this goal can only be achieved through the design and implementation of robust, comprehensive and sustained HIV/AIDS prevention programmes that address clearly identified interventions and gaps to support the national prevention efforts.
Counseling and testing
ACHAP funded consultation meetings leading to the routine HIV/AIDS testing policy. HIV/AIDS/ counselling and testing (HCT) services are an important component of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention response. They are the entry point to both prevention and treatment. In Botswana where access to treatment services is well established, HIV/AIDS counselling and testing provides an opportunity for people to access the required post test services that include treatment. Therefore HCT services are significantly and aggressively promoted.
Advanced HIV/AIDS Care – The Masa Program In January 2002, the Government of Botswana took the bold step of launching Africa's first national anti-retroviral (ARV) Program – “Masa”. Masa, a Setswana word meaning "new dawn," heralds the rising of a dawn over Botswana's struggle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic and promises Batswana the opportunity to live longer and healthier lives by giving people living with HIV/AIDS more time to nurture their families and to help build a better future for Botswana.
HIV Diagnosis and Treatment
2008 was the second year of support for TB interventions and assistance to the Botswana National TB Programme. The assistance was provided in recognition of the severe TB epidemic closely associated with, and fuelled by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. While there is evidence of a reduction in TB incidence, rates are still extremely high, with close to 500 cases per 100 000 population, and TB continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality amongst HIV positive persons.
Prevention for Women
To empower youth aged 15-29 years especially female youth in the 11 selected districts to adopt and maintain safer sexual practices by 2014
To systematically transition the support for the programmatic aspects of the ART treatment programme to the Government of Botswana by December 2011 and enable the national programme to sustain quality and maintain treatment coverage.