oa Botswana Notes & Records - The Botswana-University of Pennsylvania Partnership - A model for Patient Care and Teaching in the Developing World

Volume 38 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



Botswana has an HIV infection prevalence of 35%�40%, as high as any country in the world. HIV has left virtually no family untouched. Untreated AIDS is uniformly fatal and as a result life expectancy in Botswana has dropped about 20 years since the beginning of the epidemic. Thousands of ""AIDS orphans"" need care and supervision. The economy has been threatened by the loss of adults from the work force in their most productive years. HIV has brought to the fore a number of legal and social conundrums regarding the rights of an individual versus what is best for a society. Controlling the HIV epidemic requires a government with the will to develop a prevention and treatment strategy and the resources to put the strategy in place.

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