The struggle to combat the scourge of HIV/AIDS in Botswana continues to evoke an unprecedented sense of unity among organizations which at one point relied each on their own and donor resources to pursue parallel programmes.
To this end, annual planning meeting aimed at exchanging on best practices between at least five civil society organizations, is scheduled to take place next week on the 10th to 12th November 2009 in Francistown .
This includes, Botswana Council of Non-Government Organisations (BOCONGO) Botswana Network of AIDS service Organisation (BONASO) and the Botswana Network on Ethnics, how and HIV/AIDS (BONELA)
Botswana Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (BONEPWA+) and Forum Syd, an international Swedish development partner, are also listed as part of the group of five, Civil Society Partnership in Excellence.
According to the spokesperson of the partnership, Kemelo Mophuting, the meeting will serve as a platform for civil society to exchange on a range of important issues with regard to identifying appropriate HIV and AIDS interventions.
In addition, the gathering is expected to come up with a comprehensive plan for shared activities and recommend best practices drawing from available empirical and scientific evidence with projections spanning over 2010 and beyond.
“This partnership which has been in existence from 2006 to date supports the acceleration and scaling up of the implementation of comprehensive and quality prevention, care and support” said Mophuting
It was also stated that monitoring impact mitigation services offered by civil society organizations within the country, falls within the ambit of this partnership’s mandate. Moreover, it is further intended through the partnership to strengthen the capacity and develop cooperation between civil society organizations using the right-based approach.
All things being constant the partnership also plans to embark on a capacity building with a view to ultimately enhancing prevention of new infections and behaviour change as well as timely provision of care support and treatment
According to the Mophuting, the ultimate aim of the partnership is to create an enabling policy, legal and ethical environment to promote the involvement of people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.