NAHPA extends strategic framework for HIVAIDS
12 Nov 2023
The third National Strategic Framework (NSF III) for HIV/AIDS has been extended to March 2025 to align with the second Transitional National Development Plan.
Speaking at the National AIDS and Health Promotion Agency (NAHPA) meeting on Friday, Vice President, Mr Slumber Tsogwane said the extension prompted the review of the NSF III which would be completed by end of this month.
“This review is timely because it will inform the review of the National Policy on HIV and AIDS (2013) and the development of the NSF IV, which will start in the next financial year,” Mr Tsogwane said.
He thus commended the Ministry of Health for the revised Integrated HIV Clinical Care Guidelines, which were launched in September, with the aim to optimise Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) regimes, prevent and improve management of co-morbidities and decrease mortality for people living with HIV regardless of age, gender or lifestyle.
The last review was done in 2016 when Botswana started the Treat All Strategy, and the impact of such changes had resulted in Botswana becoming one of the countries reaching the UNAIDS 95-95-95 global targets in 2022, which included significant reduction in HIV infections in both children and adults.
Mr Tsogwane noted that government appreciated the partnership that NAHPA maintained with the civil society organisations in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
He said the fight against HIV/AIDS would not be winnable if all partners did not work together in the response, thus commended all stakeholders in the HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) response for the sterling contribution towards the fight against the two pandemics.
He indicated that Botswana had taken a step to partner with the global fund, US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop a country-led HIV sustainability roadmap in order to sustain collective gains.
The process, he said, started in April and a draft transition readiness assessment risks was already complete while the local based Pharos Global Health Advisors were ready to present the draft sustainability roadmap.
“I am quite optimistic that the roadmap will give us the opportunity to define how we are to transition from external to domestic funding , as well as what we must do as a country to sustain the gains already made in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” he added.The Vice President thus urged all the leading agencies, which included the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, NAHPA as well as civil society organisations to start thinking about how they would implement their individual assignments. ENDS
Source : BOPA
Author : Thato Mosinyi
Location : GABORONE
Event : NAHPA meeting
Date : 12 Nov 2023