Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
Pitso ya Borre
27/03/13
As part of the activities for the Month of Youth Agaiinst Aids (MYAA), and an endeavor to ensure that the aspirations of Vision 2016 is realized, the Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development men gathered at the Ministry Kgotla to interact on issues of HIV & AIDS under the heading "Pitso Ya Borre".

As part of the activities for the Month of Youth Agaiinst Aids (MYAA), and an endeavor to ensure that the aspirations of Vision 2016 is realized, the Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development men gathered at the Ministry Kgotla to interact on issues of HIV & AIDS under the heading "Pitso Ya Borre".

The Pitso, first of its kind, is testimony that the Ministry is taking the fight against HIV & AIDS very seriously and this time targeted men were perceived to be very reluctant when it comes to health issues. The Month of March has been designated nationally as the Month of Youth Against AIDS (MYAA), it is the month for recognizing young people’s efforts in their fight against the AIDS pandemic, hence the Ministry saw it befitting to sit down with borre and urge them to take responsibility by adopting healthy behaviors and lifestyles.

When officially opening the Pitso, Honourable Minister Siele challenged men to stop playing second fiddle to their female counterparts on issues of health. "Men must take their stand and stamp their authority in the fight against this epidemic and do away with the old mentality of always lagging behind when they are most needed. The Pitso amongst other things intended to create a platform for men to openly dialogue and share experiences, concerns and ideas on the existing gaps that restrains you to actively participate on health and social issues that affect us on daily basis", said the Minister.

Furthermore Siele decried the absence of the Men-Sector Committee within the Ministry but was very quick to note that after the Pitso Ya Borre, he was positive the committee will be set up and that is where mens issues and their much needed participation will be spearheaded.

On a positive note, still at the Pitso it was revealed that HIV prevalence amongst young people is declining, and this is good news for the country. However the Minister noted Government’s continued commitment in the fight against HIV and AIDS this by strengthening and improving health services in the whole country. Additionally, through partnerships with various organizations and other development partners government has waged war against HIV/AIDS.

Very eloquent speakers, experts in their own fields graced the event and shared with the attendants about various issues affecting men. Representatives from the Men’s Sector as well as renowned Reverend Moruakgomo, Mr Log Raditlhokwa, Ministry of Health officials, BDF and Botswana Police officials all had a lot to say and made the well attended event a very much a success with their well presented topical issues.

In conclusion, the attendants took advantage of the available exhibition stalls and did some screening and testing on blood pressure, BMI, Diabetes, HIV & AIDS as well as one on one counseling thus able to detect any kind of illness for timely prevention. With the kind of character and positive attitude shown by Borre at the Pitso, the fight against AIDS, under the theme "Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths".

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