President defends AIDS testing
Sunday 29 August 2004
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews

Regions

Africa
East Africa
Great Lakes
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
Angola
Botswana
Comoros
Lesotho
Madagascar
Malawi
Mauritus
Mozambique
Namibia
South Africa
Swaziland
Zambia
Zimbabwe
West Africa
RSSyndication

Features

PlusNews E-mail Subscription

BOTSWANA: President defends AIDS testing


[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


JOHANNESBURG, 14 May (PLUSNEWS) - Foreign criticism of routine HIV testing is hampering Botswana's efforts to treat people living with HIV/AIDS, according to Botswana President Festus Mogae.

Apart from making available a free anti-AIDS drug programme, in October 2003 the country announced an initiative that provides HIV tests as part of routine medical checkups in public and private clinics.

Although some in the US and Europe have lauded Mogae for supporting a national programme to provide free drugs, others have said the testing policy "smacks of forced testing and violates the public's human rights and right to privacy," the Washington Times reported.

Mogae responded by saying: "Because of the criticisms and apprehensions that were expressed, we have to prescribe an elaborate procedure for offering routine testing, so we are covering fewer people than we had hoped in order to accommodate the critics ... We are making progress, but slower than we had hoped."

[ENDS]

MORE NEWS BRIEFS


Recent BOTSWANA Reports
Peace Corps gets chiefs to undergo HIV tests, 26/May/04
Botswana Ministry of Health to reach more with HIV training, 25/May/04
Need to make men more sexually responsible, 12/Apr/04
New voluntary testing centre opens, 7/Apr/04
Caregivers manual launched, 5/Apr/04
Links
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
AEGIS
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Mothers and HIV/AIDS

PlusNews does not take responsibility for info in links supplied.

PARTNERS

PlusNews is produced under the banner of RHAIN, the Southern African Regional HIV/AIDS Information Network. RHAIN's members currently include:

  • UNAIDS
  • IRIN
  • Inter Press Service (IPS)
  • SAfAIDS
  • PANOS
  • Health Systems Trust
  • Health & Development Networks
  • GTZ/Afronets

[Back] [Home Page]

Click to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about IRIN's Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to

The material contained on this Web site comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian information unit, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. If you re-print, copy, archive or re-post any item on this site, please retain this credit and disclaimer. Quotations or extracts should include attribution to the original sources. All graphics and Images on this site may not be re-produced without the express permission of the original owner. All materials copyright UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 2004