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KITSO Trains over 8,000

KITSO AIDS Training Program

Much has changed in a decade. In 2001, President Festus Mogae of Botswana identified the growing threat of HIV/AIDS as a national crisis and announced that his government would provide free antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to eligible patients. This initiative, at the time without precedent in Africa, posed significant challenges to Botswana’s already overburdened healthcare system, especially in terms of trained medical workers. Few doctors or nurses had experience in HIV/AIDS treatment. Continue reading

Training Healthcare Workers in Africa

Healthcare workers in Botswana photo by Richard Feldman
Healthcare workers in Botswana photo by Richard Feldman

A good doctor is hard to find, especially in Africa. Although it bears 24% of the global disease burden, Africa has only 3% of the world’s healthcare workers. To address this issue, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will provide $130 million over five years to African institutions in twelve countries. This new program, the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), provides funding to help train 140,000 new Africa-based healthcare workers and improve medical education across the continent. Continue reading