BHP Annual Report 2014-2015

Max EssexChairman’s Remarks

Current on-going research continues to be selected and implemented collaboratively with the Ministry of Health to ensure relevance to Botswana’s Public Health challenges. Following the new WHO treatment guidelines having recommended the Universal Test and Treat (UTT) strategy and the UNAIDS having set Country targets for 90% of all HIV infected people to know their HIV status; 90% of those diagnosed with HIV infection being on ART; 90% of all people on ART having undetectable HIV in their blood, to as the 90 – 90 – 90 targets by the year 2020: The ongoing Botswana Combination Prevention Project, BCPP also known as the “Ya Tsie” study offers opportunity for Botswana to develop tools and modalities, monitoring and evaluation systems, and capabilities of various healthcare operational systems. These opportunities to develop new systems both at community and health care facility level would strengthen existing HIV/AIDS management systems in the MASA Programme based on research outcomes of the study. The Board of Directors is committed to support the BHP in its participation in such relevant studies and in its mandate. Continue reading

Plan to treat “super-carriers” offers new hope


One in four people infected with the Aids virus in Southern Africa are hyper-infectious super-carriers, scientists at Harvard University have discovered. By targeting these individuals for treatment, the scientists hope it may be possible to counter the rising number of new HIV infections in the worst-affected parts of the world in what could be a major breakthrough in the fight against the spread of Aids.

Stories from Botswana


Statistics and journal articles do not begin to convey the human toll of HIV. Lasker professor of health sciences Myron “Max” Essex [15] has seen that toll firsthand, working in Botswana since 1996. As a relatively successful country with a functioning government and a well-organized healthcare system, Botswana has offered free antiretroviral medications to everyone who needs them and it has managed to get the majority of its citizens tested for HIV. Still, a staggering 24 percent of adults have HIV.

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Mother-to-child HIV transmission lowest in Africa


A study has revealed that Botswana has the lowest rate of mother-to-child transmission ever recorded in Africa or for a breastfeeding population. 

This was revealed by Dr Roger Shapiro of the Botswana-Havard AIDS Institute when releasing the findings of a random trial comparing HAART regimens for virologic efficacy and the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission among breastfeeding mothers in Botswana at Boipuso Hall in Gaborone last Friday.

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