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US Embassy donates to BDF
06/07/12
US Embassy donates to BDF HIV/AIDS is a scourge that continues to affect the world as a whole, even decades after the first recorded case. The world has always fought this pandemic and it continues to do so, as it threatens the future of humankind. When it comes to HIV/AIDS, Botswana Defence Force is not resting on its laurels. The Defence Force continues to use all the measures available to try and win the battle against this dreaded disease. In its effort to combat HIV/AIDS, the BDF continues to partner with other stakeholders, as going it alone would prove to be a mammoth task. The fight against HIV/AIDS is resource intensive, therefore, there is need to engage other players in order to share the costs. We recently witnessed a demonstration of such a partnership when the people and Government of the United States of America donated Safe Male Circumcision equipment to the Botswana Defence Force, at the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks. The donated equipment was handed over to the Commander, BDF, Lt. Gen. T.H.C. Masire by Her Excellency, Mrs. Michelle D. Gavin, US Ambassador to Botswana. The equipment included three trailers of Safe Male Circumcision kits, 20000 safe male circumcision. disposable kits, furniture, and emergency supplies for five mobile Medical Units, seven air conditioned mobile medical shelters/tents, and a new 2011 Isuzu KB 300 4x4, turbo diesel, double cab van. The donated equipment is worth 1.2 million dollars. In her handing over note, the Ambassador said, “The United States has a strong record of working with Botswana to fight HIV/AIDS. Since 2005, the American people have devoted over half a billion dollars to this effort in Botswana and we continue to support the Government of Botswana's remarkable commitment to evidence based programmes like prevention of mother to child transmission, HIV testing and counseling, and care and treatment”. She continued to say; “But despite the very substantial gains that have been made, there continue to be far too many new HIV infections every year”. According to the Ambassador, clinical trials have demonstrated that men who are circumcised are up to 60 percent less likely to contract HIV compared with men who are not and this coupled with other prevention efforts, male circumcision will decrease infections among men and women in Botswana. She noted that the professionalism of the BDF's medical and technical staff is widely respected by Safe Male Circumcision implementing partners and are grateful for BDF's assistance in rolling out this campaign around the country. Ambassador Gavin applauded the BDF for making HIV prevention and Safe Male Circumcision a top priority by striking a powerful blow against HIV/AIDS, and setting a critically important example to the rest of the country with their efforts. In his acceptance note, the Commander said that the war against HIV/AIDS has to be mounted from all corners. He further informed the soldiers present that he was proud and pleased that the United States Government has recognized the effort that the BDF is putting into fighting the scourge. “It is a concern that there are still new infections at this late stage of the fight, as our government has made efforts by making people aware of the danger of HIV/AIDS through education programmes” noted the Commander. General Masire said that he hopes Safe Male Circumcision will help nip the scourge in the bud. He encouraged not only soldiers, but the nation at large to undertake the simple operation so that they can go a step further to halt the scourge.
US Embassy donates to BDF
US Embassy donates to BDF HIV/AIDS is a scourge that continues to affect the world as a whole, even decades after the first recorded case. The world has always fought this pandemic and it continues to do so, as it threatens the future of humankind. When it comes to HIV/AIDS, Botswana Defence Force is not resting on its laurels. The Defence Force continues to use all the measures available to try and win the battle against this dreaded disease. In its effort to combat HIV/AIDS, the BDF continues to partner with other stakeholders, as going it alone would prove to be a mammoth task. The fight against HIV/AIDS is resource intensive, therefore, there is need to engage other players in order to share the costs. We recently witnessed a demonstration of such a partnership when the people and Government of the United States of America donated Safe Male Circumcision equipment to the Botswana Defence Force, at the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks. The donated equipment was handed over to the Commander, BDF, Lt. Gen. T.H.C. Masire by Her Excellency, Mrs. Michelle D. Gavin, US Ambassador to Botswana. The equipment included three trailers of Safe Male Circumcision kits, 20000 safe male circumcision. disposable kits, furniture, and emergency supplies for five mobile Medical Units, seven air conditioned mobile medical shelters/tents, and a new 2011 Isuzu KB 300 4x4, turbo diesel, double cab van. The donated equipment is worth 1.2 million dollars. In her handing over note, the Ambassador said, “The United States has a strong record of working with Botswana to fight HIV/AIDS. Since 2005, the American people have devoted over half a billion dollars to this effort in Botswana and we continue to support the Government of Botswana's remarkable commitment to evidence based programmes like prevention of mother to child transmission, HIV testing and counseling, and care and treatment”. She continued to say; “But despite the very substantial gains that have been made, there continue to be far too many new HIV infections every year”. According to the Ambassador, clinical trials have demonstrated that men who are circumcised are up to 60 percent less likely to contract HIV compared with men who are not and this coupled with other prevention efforts, male circumcision will decrease infections among men and women in Botswana. She noted that the professionalism of the BDF's medical and technical staff is widely respected by Safe Male Circumcision implementing partners and are grateful for BDF's assistance in rolling out this campaign around the country. Ambassador Gavin applauded the BDF for making HIV prevention and Safe Male Circumcision a top priority by striking a powerful blow against HIV/AIDS, and setting a critically important example to the rest of the country with their efforts. In his acceptance note, the Commander said that the war against HIV/AIDS has to be mounted from all corners. He further informed the soldiers present that he was proud and pleased that the United States Government has recognized the effort that the BDF is putting into fighting the scourge. “It is a concern that there are still new infections at this late stage of the fight, as our government has made efforts by making people aware of the danger of HIV/AIDS through education programmes” noted the Commander. General Masire said that he hopes Safe Male Circumcision will help nip the scourge in the bud. He encouraged not only soldiers, but the nation at large to undertake the simple operation so that they can go a step further to halt the scourge.
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