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The HIV PandemicLocal and Global Implications$
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Eduard J. Beck, Nicholas Mays, Alan W. Whiteside, and José M. Zuniga

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237401.001.0001

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(p.181) Chapter 12 Botswana
The HIV Pandemic

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Segolame L Ramotlhwa

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This chapter reviews Bostwana's response to its HIV epidemic. To date, considering the limitations of its health system's capacity, Botswana has performed very well. In a two-year period, it has managed to create one of the fastest growing ART programmes in the world and has enrolled a large proportion of its HIV-positive population in therapy, compared with all other similar initiatives in Africa. The country will have to continue to face the challenges dictated by a complex disease affecting 35 percent of adults and still spreading. Based on the early and strong start that has been made, Botswana should continue to be a source of lessons and inspiration for many other initiatives across the continent.

Keywords:   public health, HIV epidemic, Africa, initiatives, HIV infection

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