Botswana gay activists launch health facility

APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) on Friday launched a satellite clinic in the capital Gaborone in an effort to ensure access to health services by its members.

The facility was funded by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

US ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller said the facility was also supported through LINKAGES, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project aiming to reduce HIV transmission among female sex workers.

He said the facility is also aimed to reduce HIV among men who have sex with other men as well as improve the quality of life of people living with HIV in Botswana.

The envoy said LINKAGES is currently being implemented in Gaborone and other major towns across Botswana in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness as well as the National AIDS Coordinating Agency and other non-governmental organisations.

The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV and AIDS (BONELA), an NGO that advocates for non-discrimination against people living with HIV, welcomed the establishment of the facility, dubbed the Drop-in Centre.

“We are very proud of LEGABIBO who launched their Drop-In-Centre today to facilitate access to health and social services. Our collective advocacy efforts have paid off,” BONELA said.


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