Politics & Policy
PEPFAR Not Supporting Treatment of HIV-Positive Batswana, Botswana AIDS Program Officials Say
July 1, 2005
Officials in Botswana are disputing the Bush administration's claim that the United States is supporting the treatment of 20,000 HIV-positive people in Botswana, saying that most of the funding for treatment has come from their own government and not the United States, the Washington Post reports. The Bush administration in January said the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief was helping 32,839 HIV/AIDS patients in Botswana access treatment for the disease. However, Botswana officials said PEPFAR had not delivered any of the millions of dollars it had pledged. Segolame Ramotlhwa, operations manager of Botswana's HIV/AIDS treatment program, said U.S. figures were "a gross misrepresentation of the facts," and Patson Mazonde, deputy permanent secretary for health services, said the figures were "false" but a result of an error. Both officials agreed that PEPFAR had not supported the treatment of any patients in Botswana. The Bush administration last month released revised numbers, claiming PEPFAR was supporting treatment for 20,000 in Botswana. However, debate remains over the accuracy of that number, the Post reports.
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