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NETWORK PRESENTATION-Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS(BONELA). REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON HIV/AIDS and VULNERABLE GROUPS MARCH 11-13, 2009, CAPE TOWN. BONELA.
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REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON HIV/AIDS and VULNERABLE GROUPS
MARCH 11-13, 2009, CAPE TOWN
BONELA Promotes a just and inclusive environment for people affected by HIV and AIDS through education, training community members, advocating for better policies and laws, raising public awareness through media campaigns, monitoring human rights violations, researching key issues and providing free legal aid.
Rights in the Workplace
Rights around HIV testing
Right to health
Reproductive health rights
Rights for prisoners and people with non-heterosexual identities
Rights for sex workers
Rights for people living with disabilities
In 2007 BONELA interviewed different organizations to identify gaps and needs of MSM and WSW regarding ability to access prevention services. Basing on the findings, recommendations for the Prevention and Research Initiative for Sexual Minorities (PRISM) implementation were made.
Another study- (MSM HIV prevalence probe) to improve the understanding of HIV prevention, sexual behavior and uptake of prevention services was conducted in 2008. The study was in 2 parts; a qualitative component that explores knowledge and behavior, and a HIV prevalence using salivary exudates (oral swab).
Non-registration of LeGaBiBo
Dissemination of the needs assessment and MSM study findings
Educating the general public on MSM/WSW/LGBTI issues as well as MSM/WSW/LGBTIs for empowerment
Trainings for service providers and leaders in various settings for capacity building and skill enhancement
Advocacy, sensitization and lobbying various levels of policy makers
Workshops, public forums or dialogues, production of IEC materials (booklets and pamphlets) and other media modes like radio talk shows and newspapers will be used as a strategy.
Fulfilling the rights of men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women as well as sex workers is not only intrinsically valuable, it is also a critical means for improved health outcomes for them and the broader community in the long term