Minimum Package Plan
Minimum Package Plan

The goal of prevention in Botswana is to achieve significant and measurable progress towards “Zero New Infections as described in Vision 2016. The Operational Plan does set the direction within the broader context of the National Strategic Framework 2003-2009 for realizing this goal. The central pillar of the Prevention Plan is the “minimum package.” This is a set of interventions which, if implemented simultaneously with sufficient reach, intensity, and duration, has the potential to dramatically reduce further transmission of HIV in Botswana.  The minimum package includes:

1. Prevention of sexual transmission
2. HIV counselling and testing (HCT)
3. Preventing mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)
4. Sexually transmitted infection (STI) management
5. Preventing Blood Borne Transmission

Botswana is committed to implementing the prevention programme through strategic communication and related community interventions in the following basic categories:

The national strategic communication harmonizing and support functions.  A number of centralized functions including branding, materials development, national harmonization and collaboration, clearinghouse operations, training and capacity-building, research and evaluation help to ensure consistency, quality and economies of scale.
Strategic Communication to Prevent Sexual Transmission.  The approach focuses on addressing the key determinants of sexual transmission to increase the use of primary prevention behaviours, and increasing “Prevention with Positives.”
Communication Support to HIV/AIDS Services components of the Minimum Package to increase demand for and improve client education and client use of HCT, PMTCT, STI, and Blood Borne Transmission.   Also, it enhances interaction between service delivery sites and the communities they serve.

Community mobilization is a participatory process that increases a community’s sense of ownership and collective efficacy. It is a transformative process, shifting a community from “recipients” or “beneficiaries” of “projects” to active planners and participants in the health and well being of the community and its members.

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