Mmalane explains: “In the past, we used to gather locusts to eat. If you put locusts in a bag, they will fly out. To keep them in, somebody has to help you hold the bag as you gather them. There has to be somebody to help you.
“With this study we are saying, the fight against HIV is complicated—we need people to help us. And now these three partners, Harvard, CDC, and the government of Botswana, have come together to try to prevent HIV and keep it from spreading. The more hands you have to the problem, the better.”
We are members of the Ya Tsie study which you might have heard about already at a recent Kgotla meeting or have read about it in the flyers posted in different places in your village. This is to let you know that we have arrived in this village and this is the beginning of the study. We are here to invite and encourage you to, first, spread the message about the study. Secondly we encourage you to take part in this study whose purpose is to come up with measures which can stop the spread of HIV in the society.
(Eton spent a gap year working with HAI in Boston and Botswana. He’s now a freshman at Harvard. This article originally appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Harvard Science Review.)
The target is 2030. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has ambitiously set 2030 as the year by which we should achieve the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which has claimed the lives of 39 million people globally since the first cases were reported in 1981.1 This past year, to help drive united progress and accountability towards the goal, UNAIDS articulated the 90-90-90 targets. If these goals are reached by 2020, UNAIDS predicts, then the AIDS epidemic could come to an end by 2030:
Goal 1: “By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.”
Goal 2: “By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.”
Goal 3: “By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.”2
“We strongly believe that with this project we have the chance to make history in the fight against AIDS,” said Michelle Gavin, U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, at the November 8th press conference in Gaborone announcing the launch of the Botswana Combination Prevention Project. Continue reading →