Nov. 06 Gaborone: The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) wishes to respond to and refute an article in the last edition of the Weekend Post entitled “US stops P10 billion foreign aid to Botswana” which contains several inaccurate statements in the headline and in the body of the story, including that PEPFAR is leaving Botswana.
PEPFAR Botswana continues to operate and has committed another $72 million for the fiscal year (FY19) that began in October 2018 and goes through September 2019. There are no plans by the U.S. government to de-fund these initiatives. Since 2004, PEPFAR has invested more than $950 million in Botswana to support prevention, care and treatment; programs for orphans and vulnerable children; and health services for female sex workers and men who have sex with men.
PEPFAR has supported the provision of HIV related medical and ARV services to refugee patients in Dukwi since 2012. These services were initially provided through a PEPFAR-funded grant to the Red Cross. Beginning in 2016, services at Dukwi were provided by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, funded entirely by PEPFAR. In 2019, PEPFAR will continue funding HIV care and treatment services at Dukwi.
PEPFAR is the U.S. government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and represents the largest commitment by any nation in history to address a single disease. Over the past 15 years, PEPFAR has demonstrated the compassion and generosity of the American people by saving millions of lives while also improving the health of more than 50 nations worldwide. Through its partnership with Botswana’s government and people, PEPFAR has helped accelerate progress toward controlling and ultimately ending AIDS as a public health threat.
For further details, please contact: PEPFAR Strategic Communications Specialist John Payne 7135 3686 or U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Ms. Ineke Stoneham at 395-3982 ext. 2468.