Ministry of Lands and Housing
Ministry of Lands and Housing Commemorates Candlelight Memor...
The Ministry of Lands and Housing hosted its 31st Candlelight Commemoration on the 20th May 2014 at Gaborone Senior Secondary school (GSS) Multi-Purpose hall. The theme of the day was “Let’s keep the light on HIV”. The main objective of the event was to raise awareness on HIV, show support to people living with HIV and as well as remembering all those who lost their lives due to the scourge.
Dr. Gaositwe Chiepe, former minister of Foreign Affairs and also of Education was the Guest Speaker. She praised the ministry for mobilizing the public towards achieving the “Zero new infection, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS related deaths”. Dr. Chiepe noted the ministry’s commitment in upholding its social responsibility and support in finding more efficient ways of addressing HIV/AIDS challenges besieging the nation, especially the youth.
Dr. Gaositwe Chiepe applauded current collective efforts bt stakeholders
Dr. Chiepe applauded the current collective effort by different stakeholders which entails ushering new interventions such as the new Tsosoloso HIV Testing campaigns, social media campaigns; such as WISE-UP, Youth Counselling on radio and television, HIV television drama (Ntwakgolo and Mareledi) and resuscitation of District Aids and Health fairs to mobilize the communities. With the introduction of the long awaited “Combination Prevention” initiative, we certainly have reason to be hopeful, she remarked. These new interventions will in no doubt complement the existing programme and other initiatives such as Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of Aids (PMTCT), Safe Male Circumcision, Home Based Care and Orphan Care Programme.
Meanwhile the Manager, Human Resources and Administration, Mr. William Molemogi urged everyone to heed the message, as it was important that everyone ought to know their HIV/AIDS status, as early detection is important in HIV treatment, control and management. He lamented that HIV/AIDS related disease have claimed over thirty million lives and that currently over thirty-three million people are living with the disease, adding that the pandemic remains a challenging reality.