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
The Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) this week (01-12-2015) joined the world in commemorating World AIDS day. We at BHP celebrate the remarkable progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the first commemoration 27 years ago. Continue reading
Author : Mmoniemang Motsamai
Date : Feb 04 Tue,2014
The Ministry of Health has introduced two new devices for infants’ Safe Male Circumcision (SMC).
The southern African nation of Botswana, like its neighbor Zimbabwe, is promoting male circumcision as a way to combat the spread of HIV. Botswana is not only encouraging men to be circumcised; it is encouraging parents to circumcise male infants.
GABORONE – People infected with HIV have reduced risk of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners through the initiation of oral anti-retroviral, according to a study conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN).
Statistics and journal articles do not begin to convey the human toll of HIV. Lasker professor of health sciences Myron “Max” Essex  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.
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.
The Botswana- Harvard Partnership (BHP) will commence a study to establish if Anti-retrovirals (ARVs) can reduce sexual transmission of HIV in discordant couples, where one partner is infected with the virus and the other is not.
As the fight against HIV and AIDS intensifies, the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) and the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity are undertaking a clinical research project called the “Host Genetics Study”.