The BNAPS program has now ended.
Civil society organizations (CSOs) in Botswana play an important role in HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support at the national and community levels. They are often the first point of contact for people living with HIV in rural communities. However many CSOs lack the resources or capabilities to maintain information and awareness programs on HIV and AIDS.
The Botswana National HIV and AIDS Prevention Support Project (BNAPS) commenced in 2007 with the goal of improving HIV prevention in Botswana. WUSC is working closely with 54 CSOs that are carrying out key HIV and AIDS prevention interventions throughout Botswana.
WUSC will provide key targeted trainings in project management, organizational development and financial management. WUSC will follow up with direct one-to-one support for each organization in an attempt to use mentorship and coaching to increase their ability to meet community needs.
Botswana is a country that has been hard hit by HIV and AIDS. Since its first HIV diagnosis in 1985, the country has lost more than 350,000 people to the disease. Current infection rates (prevalence) stands at roughly 17% and incidence rates (percentage of new infections) are well above zero at about 2.7% (which is an average of about 15,000 new infections per year).
The country has a well-developed treatment program where over 97% of the people needing treatment receive it. Prevention, however, has been a challenge in Botswana. The World Bank provided a $50 million USD loan to the Government of Botswana to implement BNAPS in which WUSC will work with CSOs so they can successfully intervene to prevent HIV infections across the country.
The Botswana National AIDS Prevention Support (BNAPS) Project – Civil Society Management Strengthening is funded by the Government of Botswana through the World Bank.