Reading about Botswana is heavy, with one quarter of all adults 15 and over infected with HIV, the second highest percent in the world next to Swaziland. Oscar Motsumi (program officer in Serowe) stated that “This country has been bombarded with HIV messages, but there hasn’t been a change in behaviour.” In an effort to combat the deteriorating situation, education surrounding HIV/AIDS is focused on the upcoming generation, and I was struck by the communication through art festivals, dramas and group discussions. I’m really intrigued by the way different cultures educate the population on HIV/AIDS. Through an interactive AIDS educational program (“Talk Back”) all primary schools were equipped with a television, video recorder, satellite dish and decoder. It’s a live program giving teachers and students the opportunity to comment on panelists and interact through call ins, email or letter.
read more about Talk Back on NLM Gateway and about Botswana on ‘HIV and AIDS in Botswana’ by AVERT