Since the mid-2000s, FHI 360 has partnered with the government of Botswana, the private sector, national nongovernmental organizations and community-based organizations to address the country’s HIV and AIDS epidemic.
Our programs help build the capacity of local civil society organizations to respond to HIV and AIDS in Botswana. Previous programs have enhanced the quality of voluntary counseling and testing centers, increased services that prevent perinatal transmission of HIV and improved knowledge of HIV prevention among young people ages 10–17.
Strengthening the coordination between the government and civil society organizations to improve data quality and use is also an important part of our work. We support the Ministry of Health — including the Department of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care, the National Health Laboratory and the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute for HIV Research and Education — in implementing an integrated behavioral and biological surveillance survey of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among populations with a high likelihood of exposure to HIV and STIs. The results of this survey will contribute to the development of evidence-based health programming in Botswana.