This component of the GF project has a strong focus on adolescents and youth issues informed by the need to reinvigorate prevention efforts for the youth and adolescents in order to gain traction in the fight against HIV. The project has three main categories being behaviour change/comprehensive sexual reproductive health (CSRH), HTC and VMMC.
Young people constitute almost half (44%) of Botswana’s population and adolescents aged 10-19 years make close to one-quarter (23.4%) of the population. In 2008, only 43% of young people aged 15-24 years had comprehensive knowledge of HIV and almost half of adolescents could not correctly identify the most common misconceptions about HIV and AIDS transmission in Botswana. BAIS IV (2013) has also demonstrated that comprehensive knowledge as measured through key questions in the survey is still low.