Botswana vows to address inequality and help end AIDS

Masisi PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Masisi PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

This year, the country hosted the commemoration of the 2022 World AIDS Day under the theme: “Equalise: End Inequalities, End AIDS by 2030” at Hukuntsi Thursday this week.

When addressing the community, President of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi explained that the theme provided a wake up call to people to work for practical actions needed to address inequalities and help end AIDS. He further pointed out that the theme also resonated well with government’s policies 
that stressed the importance of removing inequalities that often hinder access to quality health services and those related to HIV in particular.

“In line with this theme, Botswana commits to taking all the necessary steps to remove impediments to accessing services by populations at a greater risk of contracting HIV and to tackle practices that perpetuate stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV. The removal of these impediments will ensure that no one is left behind in the provision of HIV/AIDS services. Once this hurdle is overcome, we would know that we are on the right track to ending AIDS as a public health threat by the United Nations target date of 2030,” he said.

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