Report Gauges Public Opinion On National Response To HIV/AIDS

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Lawmakers in Botswana at the end of December are scheduled to release areport on recent hearings that sought to gauge the public's views onHIV/AIDS issues in the country, Member of Parliament Duke Lefhokoannounced on Friday, Botswana's Mmegi reports.

Adelegation of MPs recently conducted hearings at 12 sites in 11districts across the country. Lefhoko, who led the delegation thatcovered the eastern part of Botswana, said the hearings were planned bythe National Assembly ahead of a review of the Public Health Act. Hecalled the public hearings a method of inquiry "to get the pulse of thenation" about HIV/AIDS issues.

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According to Lefhoko, thehearings resulted in discussions among residents about gaps in thenational response to HIV/AIDS and the level of awareness about theepidemic. He said he was encouraged by the number of women who attendedthe hearings, adding that he took note of suggestions to increasecounseling and information for women in home-based care, the Mmegi reports.

Thereport is expected to assess observations and findings on issues suchas testing, disclosure and partner notification, discrimination,intentional transmission of HIV, access to treatment, counseling andprevention of mother-to-child transmission, the Mmegi reports.

Lefhokosaid the report initially will be distributed among other MPs fordebate, adding that the lawmakers will have the opportunity to consultfurther with residents of their constituencies after receiving thereport (Chwaane, Mmegi, 10/16).

Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view theentire Kaiser DailyHIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery at kaisernetwork.org/email . TheKaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service ofThe Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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