Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Botswana

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Map of BotswanaThe United States is proud to be supporting Botswana in continuing to lead its fight against HIV/AIDS. In December 2010, the Governments of Botswana and the United States signed a Partnership Framework on HIV/AIDS, which outlines a joint strategy from 2010 to 2014. Under the Framework, Botswana and the United States will work together to maintain services and address gaps, improve the quality and sustainability of the national response, leverage additional donor resources, and build local capacity to improve program sustainability.

Since the beginning of the national response, the Government of Botswana has led the country’s response to HIV/AIDS, including supporting large-scale delivery of HIV services. PEPFAR is supporting the Botswana’s leadership by filling service delivery gaps and providing technical support.

HIV/AIDS in Botswana

  • Adult (15–49) HIV prevalence, 2009: 24.8%1
  • Estimated adults and children (ages 0-49) living with HIV, 2009: 320,0001
  • HIV-related deaths, 2009: 5,8001
  • Orphans due to AIDS, 2009: 93,0001
  • Estimated antiretroviral coverage based on WHO 2010 guidelines, 2009: 83%2
  • Estimated percentage of pregnant women living with HIV who received antiretrovirals for preventing mother-to-child transmission, 2009: >95%2

Saving Lives: PEPFAR Program Results

Progress achieved in Botswana through direct PEPFAR support during fiscal year (FY) 2010:3

  • 12,200 individuals receiving antiretroviral treatment
  • 66,300 HIV-positive individuals who received care and support (including TB/HIV)
  • 36,700 orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) receiving support
  • 145,900 individuals received counseling and testing

U.S. Support for Botswana

PEPFAR Bilateral Funding for Botswana (US$ in millions)









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Botswana has also benefitted from grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to which the U.S. is the largest single contributor. For more information on grants from the Global Fund, visit

1 UNAIDS, Report on the global AIDS epidemic, 2010.

2 WHO, UNAIDS and UNICEF, Towards universal access: Scaling up priority HIV/AIDS interventions in the health sector, 2010.

3 PEPFAR defines direct support as data that captures the number of individuals receiving prevention, care, and treatment services through service delivery sites or providers directly supported by U.S. Government (USG) interventions or activities at the point of service delivery. An intervention or activity is considered to be direct support if it can be associated with counts of uniquely identified individuals receiving prevention, care, or treatment services at a unique program or service delivery point benefiting from the intervention or activity. U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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