ACHAP is partnering with Dr Michael Evangeli, from the Psychology department at Royal Holloway University of London, to carry out three year evaluation, funded by ViiV, on the effect on 10 to 19 year olds living with HIV of attending camps and clubs offered by the Sentebale charity across Botswana.
Sentebale aims to enable young people with HIV to live a healthy and hopeful life, increase confidence, improve educational and occupational functioning, increase care and support, enhance HIV communication, increase caregiver support, reduce onward transmission, and increase adherence to live-saving HIV medication.
Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho started the charity in 2006, to help vulnerable children and young people (many with HIV) in Lesotho, and launched the charity in Botswana in 2016.
Special camps and clubs are run for those taking part where they learn about medication, such as what is available and how they should take it, to being educated about HIV and what support is out there for them. Groups are also offered for caregivers.