n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Civil society organizations and their capacity to implement HIV / AIDS programmes in Gaborone, Botswana and physical activity - : health and physical activity

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The purpose of this study was to understand capacity challenges in implementing HIV / AIDS services by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Gaborone, Botswana. A qualitative study was conducted among 50 systematically selected CSOs using a semi-structured interview schedule and record review. Results indicate a profile for the CSO activities including support services such as Voluntary Counselling and HIV Testing (VCT), couple counselling, support groups, home-based care, care for vulnerable children and to a lesser extent treatment support. There were significant capacity gaps and lack of funding to implement HIV / AIDS services. The CSOs had potential and critical mass in mobilising the community; however, most often lacked leadership capacity and systems for resource management. As a conclusion, CSOs in Gaborone do play a vital role in the fight against HIV / AIDS and their activities need to be coordinated to avoid fragmentation, duplication of work and to increase sustainability.

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