NACA Hopes Dikgosi Join Aids Fight

| June 15, 2015

National Coordinating Agency (NACA) is putting its faith on dikgosi to help it to implement the new model to fight HIVAIDS.

NACA coordinator Ms Grace Muzila expressed this recently during a consultative meeting on Community Acting Together to Control HIV (CATCH) held for the South East District leaders and other stakeholders.

She noted that the CATCH model, which is a community driven bottom-up approach, will engage key community leaders such as dikgosi.

Therefore, Ms Muzila said it is their hope that the model will close gaps in the fight against the virus.

She said it was necessary to come up with a bottom up strategy to ensure that communities devise means of combating complex issues in the fight against HIVAIDS such as behavioural change.

Ms Muzila said there is no one in the society who knows the tribe much better than the dikgosi hence the need to engage them.

For his part, Kgosi Mosadi of Balete commended the government for having realised that it created gaps in the fight against the virus by sidelining dikgosi.

She noted that it is difficult for dikgosi to help in the implementation of some government projects as they are sidelined. Kgosi Mosadi said the bottom-up planning would help to address some of the pitfalls in the fight against the infection.

Further she encouraged leaders to be role models in the fight against the virus and social ills.

Batlokwa deputy paramount chief, Kgosi Michael Gaborone said failure to include dikgosi in the initial strategies has created gaps in the process.

Kgosi Gaborone said the appearance of new infections after years of spreading the message about the disease, points to gaps that exist in the current strategy.

Further, he said alcohol abuse contributes to the problem of HIVAIDS and added that there should also be set interventions for people coming into the country.

While the UNAIDS Country Director Dr Gang Sun said the country is known around the world for g commitment on fighting HIVAIDS.

“The treatment coverage has gone to the highest level in the region and brought the mother to child transmission rate from 3.9 per cent in 2008 to 2.2 per cent in 2013,” he added.

However he noted that there are also gaps in the strategies hence he said the new initiative gives hope for a new success story.

“It is a new process with a paradigm shift of thinking to revamp the invaluable traditional leadership to help find new solutions for the establishment of healthy behaviour,” he noted.

Under the CATCH model, each district led by its kgosi and supported by government and development partners will develop interventions to fight HIVAIDS.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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