Former Botswana President Mogae Wins Award for Leadership, Work on HIV/AIDS
October 21, 2008
Former President of Botswana Festus Mogae on Monday received the 2008 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, which is awarded annually in recognition of good governance on the continent, in part for his role in fighting HIV/AIDS in a country with one of the world's highest prevalence rates, the AP/Long Island Newsday reports. During his two terms as president, Mogae worked to curb the spread of the disease by receiving a public HIV test, pressing to cut the prevalence of mother-to-child transmission and fighting to make antiretroviral drugs available. Although Botswana's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of 23.9% is the second-highest worldwide, the percentage of HIV-positive pregnant women passing on the virus to their infants has decreased from as high as about 40% to 4%, and most people in need of antiretrovirals are receiving them (Zuckerbrod, AP/Long Island Newsday, 10/20).
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