COMMUNITY MOBILISATION AN EMPOWERING APPROACH TO HIV PREVENTION AN AIDS MITIGATION IN REMOTE RURAL COMMUNITIES AND HOUSEHOLDS THEMBEKA KELEPILE (DNFE)
1. Strategy • * Community mobilisation workshops • * information on response programme • * empowering rural remote communities in prevention and • mitigation of HIV/AIDS
2. Background • * great stride in economic and human development. • * Botswana’s HIV/AIDS epidemic one of the world’s • most severe. • * Prevalence increased from 13.8% in 1992 to 35.4% • in 2002. (NACA 2003:14). • * Epidemic heavily impacted on the nation communities • and individuals. Latest statistics indicate that about 18% of • all deaths attributed to HIV/AIDS (NACA 2003:16)
3. National Response • Government came up with Large Scale vertical programme. • * Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) • * Home Base Care (HBC). • * Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVR). • * Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) “Tebelopele” • * Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)
4. Ministry of Education response • * commitment to a high level of HIV/AIDS awareness. • Goals: • * Develop sustainable strategies for combating HIV/AIDS • * Enhance the individual’s knowledge and understanding • of HIV/AIDS . • Strategic Objectives: • Support community out reach activities that promote the spread of • knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS. • DNFE realises these commitments and goals through conducting • community mobilisation workshops.