Botswana-Upenn Healthcare Partnership Grows

Most people remember the dark times of the late 90’s and the early 2000’s, the years when the then president Festus Mogae was often quoted in the media calling for an all-out war on HIV/AIDS and appealing to the international community for help.

In 2001, Mogae told the United Nations (UN) General Assembly that unless the spread of HIV in the country was stemmed the country faced extinction.

“People are dying in chillingly high numbers. It is a crisis of the first magnitude,” quoted Reuters. With almost 40 percent of the adult population infected with HIV, Botswana had, at the time, the highest incidence of the condition in the world.

“It was really bad at the time, people were dying. You would ask, where is so-and-so? And people would say, didn’t you hear?” Dr Doreen Ramogola-Masire remembers.

Ramogola-Masire is the country director,  Continue reading