U.S. Embassy Commemorates World AIDS Day to Highlight USG Support for Botswana’s HIV Response

Ambassador Craig Cloud commemorates World AIDS Day

This year the United States is commemorating World AIDS Day under the global theme, “End inequalities. End AIDS.” to underscore the U.S. government’s support of Botswana’s HIV response.  The United States and Botswana have a longstanding global health-focused partnership and work closely together to combat the impact of HIV / AIDS in Botswana and reduce stigma. Since 2004, the U.S. has invested over $1 billion in Botswana through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

To commemorate World AIDS Day in Botswana, the U.S. Embassy organized a series of activities that include:

  • World AIDS Day Social Media Campaign – The Embassy shared a series of social media posts on Facebook and Instagram during the week of November 29 to commemorate and highlight PEPFAR contributions to address the AIDS epidemic in Botswana.
  • S. Chancery Building Tribute– The U.S. Mission hung red ribbons and banners announcing the Mission’s support of World AIDS Day.
  • “Ke Mo Leseding” Documentary Screening- On December 2, 2021, the U.S. Mission and the National Health and Promotion Agency, NAPA, will screen a documentary on the fight against HIV, “Ke Mo Leseding,” featuring Stanley Monageng. “Ke Mo Leseding” is a documentary about an inspirational journey that outlines the story of Stanley Monageng, a 72-year-old HIV activist. A message to the people of Botswana, the film illustrates the story of Stanley’s determination to walk over 370 kilometres in just eleven days to provide HIV/AIDS education in the most remote parts of Botswana. The film features testimonies from HIV activists, doctors, political leaders, and community members encouraging Batswana to test and treat for HIV. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion highlighting the programs, accomplishments, and goals of PEPFAR’s programs and policies in Botswana.

For additional information, please contact the U.S. Embassy’s Press Office at 373-2419 or PASGaborone@state.gov.