IRIN PlusNews HIV/AIDS News and information service | Southern Africa | BOTSWANA: President's shock warning on AIDS | Care Treatment, Prevention Research, Other | Daily
Sunday 25 December 2005
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews


East Africa
Great Lakes
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
·South Africa
West Africa
RSS - News Briefs


PlusNews E-mail Subscription

BOTSWANA: President's shock warning on AIDS

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

JOHANNESBURG, 1 December (PLUSNEWS) - Botswana's President Festus Mogae has warned that the country cannot sustain the current high rate of HIV infection and that people should "abstain from unsafe sex, or die".

With an estimated 37 percent of the population HIV-positive, Botswana is one of the hardest-hit nations in the world.

But the country is often presented as a model for the roll-out of anti-AIDS drugs in Africa, funded by the Bill Gates and Merck foundations.

However, during an interview timed to coincide with World AIDS Day, Mogae said overseas funding of drugs would not go on indefinitely, and Botswana could not afford on its own to keep up with the rising number of infected people.



Recent BOTSWANA Reports
Baby steps in bringing down teen pregnancy,  10/Nov/05
The ABC of Masturbation,  5/Jul/05
Red tape stymies media spreading anti-AIDS message ,  26/May/05
Tenofovir trials to start soon - despite controversy,  30/Mar/05
Anti-AIDS drugs for armed forces,  10/Mar/05
Le portail d'informations générales de la Côte d’Ivoire
Sida Info Services
Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
Le Réseau Afrique 2000
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria

PlusNews does not take responsibility for info in links supplied.

[Back] [Home Page]

Click here to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about PlusNews Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to Webmaster

Copyright © IRIN 2005
The material contained on comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian news and information service, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies.
All PlusNews material may be reposted or reprinted free-of-charge; refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use. IRIN is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.