Former Botswanan President Mogae Calls for New Vigor in Fight Against HIV/AIDS
August 5, 2008
Former Botswanan President Festus Mogae at the Sunday opening of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City made a "passionate appeal for new vigor" in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa, South Africa's Cape Argus reports (Yeatman, Cape Argus, 8/4). Over the past few months, Mogae has been actively lobbying key African leaders to form an HIV/AIDS initiative and has raised funds for such a group, the Pretoria News reports.
Mogae also praised the rollout of antiretroviral therapy, pointing out that Botswana's treatment program is reaching 90% of those who needed it, while only 4% of the country's HIV-positive women are passing the virus to their infants (Bisetty, Mercury, 8/5).
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