By Lucy Slater, Director, Global Program
On March 31, 2015, due to cuts and realignments in PEPFAR funding, and after nearly 15 years of collaboration with partners in the country, NASTAD will be closing out its work in Botswana.
ALDP Master Trainers and participants during a training.
Botswana was one of the first countries to invite NASTAD to enter into a capacity building partnership, and our work there over the years is a microcosm of our work across the Global Program.
From the very start, we collaborated with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLG-RD) and the District AIDS Coordinator teams—the public health counterparts to our U.S. membership of state health department AIDS directors—placing an emphasis on supporting the districts to plan and coordinate their HIV response. Continue reading
The content of this post originally appeared in AllAfrica in January 2015.
Botswana: Balosang Preaches DMSAC Message
By Eric Raphuti
Hukuntsi — Insufficient knowledge about roles and responsibilities of District Multi-Sectoral AIDS Committee (DMSAC) among relevant stakeholders is a stumbling block to execution of its mandate, says Ms Matsae Balosang, a country manager of National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).
By Lucy Slater, Director, Global Program, NASTAD
NASTAD’s Global Program builds the organizational, programmatic and human resource capacity of regional/state public sector AIDS program counterparts around the world.
The HIV Care Continuum provides a tool to measure progress toward stronger outcomes, and helps move closer toward achieving an AIDS-free generation. NASTAD’s work strengthens the HIV Care Continuum through strong partnerships and by providing targeted training, technical assistance and supportive supervision. Continue reading
Michelle Batchelor, Senior Manager, Global Program, NASTAD
ALDP Master Trainers and Participants
This month, fourteen District AIDS Coordinators (DACs) and Assistant DACs (ADACs) gathered in Gaborone, Botswana to complete week one of the Applied Leadership Development Program (ALDP) for District HIV and AIDS Coordination Training. DACs and ADACs form the backbone of the district-level HIV response in Botswana, where an estimated 340,000 people are living with HIV. The training was hosted by the Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development (MLG&RD), with support and mentoring provided by NASTAD. Continue reading
By Lucy Slater, Director, NASTAD Global Program
NASTAD is working with the Botswana Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLG) and the CDC Sustainable Management Development Program (SMDP) to develop the Applied Leadership Development Program for HIV and AIDS Coordination for District AIDS Coordinators (DACs). As we discussed in a previous blog post, in Botswana, DACs are critical to the management and coordination of the district-level response to HIV. This program is designed to develop the capacity of the Botswana government to equip AIDS Coordinators with the essential public health management competencies and confidence needed to effectively respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their communities.