Botswana

© Nell Freeman for Frontline AIDS

We are on the frontline of human rights support in Botswana, championing the rights of people living with HIV so that they can access the services they need.

Although the national response to HIV in Botswana is strong, with free treatment available to anyone who needs it, this effort is severely undermined by persistent human rights violations against people living with the virus.

We are working here to overcome the stigma and discrimination that is preventing the people who need HIV treatment the most from accessing it.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Around 22% of the adult population of Botswana is living with HIV.
  • Around 11% of young women are living with HIV, versus 5.6% of young men.
  • More than 60% of sex workers are living with HIV.

OUR PARTNER

Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA)

We believe everyone has the right to access HIV prevention and treatment services, which is why we work with BONELA to ensure justice and dignity for everyone affected by HIV in Botswana.

BONELA’s human rights work has had a significant impact on reducing stigma and discrimination against the country’s marginalised communities. Their activities include education, community outreach, legal assistance, research and broader advocacy, and they work with businesses, schools, health providers and government departments.

Since 2014, BONELA have used a legal aid database to refer and track human rights abuse cases against key populations and, in 2016, the team supported the successful registration of Botswana’s first LGBTI organisation, LEGABIBO.

OUR IMPACT IN BOTSWANA

In 2017, BONELA reached:

  • More than 58,900 people with programmes aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination.

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