Community Outreach Projects and Programs
- The Adolescent Project
To builds capacity on HIV and AIDS amongst Batswana adolescent in churches, schools, and those living with HIV and AIDS.
- Traditional Healers Project
Through CESRIKI interacted with traditional healers, community members, and Public Health employees in Central, Ghanzi, Kweneng, Ngamiland, and North East documented diseases that are treated by these traditional healers and the medicinal plants they use for treating.
The Centre for the Study of HIV and AIDS and the Centre for Culture of Peace Studies have been engaging traditional and community leadership in various districts across the country on HIV and AIDS Prevention
The Public education of the University has been engaging government departments and NGOs to build capacity of extension workers in rural areas so that these extension workers become useful to the communities whereby they are placed.
The University of Botswana staff, through the Centre for the Study of HIV and AIDS, has been involved in partnership with BOCAIP to build capacity of church leaders in different parts of the country.
- Risk Reduction and Behavioral Intervention Program
This program directly targets women and girls, who are in their first year of study at the University of Botswana. The program aims to educate, support, and empower this population through the use of a peer mentoring group model that utilizes more advanced university students as role models and mentors. The intent is to provide a positive counterbalance to the negative influences on campus life that put students at risk of HIV and AIDS, particularly as they adjust to their first year on campus.
- Most at Risk Population and HIV and AIDS in Botswana Study
a comprehensive study aimed at characterizing Most at Risk Populations, their association with HIV and AIDS and identify the opportunities for interventions in Botswana.
- Exploring the Role of Self-compassion, Self-efficacy, and Self-esteem for HIV-positive Individuals Managing Their HIV
To increase understanding of individual psychosocial factors that relate to an HIV-positive person’s ability to manage their HIV, specifically adherence to medications, diminishing HIV transmission risk behavior, and managing HIV symptoms.
- Reduction of HIV and AIDS Related Stigma and Discrimination in Botswana
To contribute to the reduction of HIV and AIDS related stigma by identifying the main sources, manifestations and drivers of HIV and AIDS stigma and discrimination, and the most effective ways for communities and institutions in selected districts to take action to reduce the level of stigma and discrimination as a means of achieving greater HIV prevention and AIDS car and support in Botswana.
- HIV Treatment Literacy
To improve treatment literacy in communities classified as high priority by the National Aids Coordinating Agency in Botswana. These include communities in Tutume, Mahalapye, Kweneng West, and Gaborone. The project targets both the abled and disabled population groups. The project develops, packages, and delivers treatment messages in English, Setswana, and subjects mother tongues (i.e., Ikalanga, Sekgalagadi, and Seherero).
- A Gendered Approach to HIV and AIDS Prevention, Support, and Research for Tertiary Students at the University of Botswana
This project empowers students with the knowledge and peer support to make the best decisions at the time it matters the most in their lives. The Centreprovides a safe place for students to come and be heard, read and learn, be supported and support others. In particular, the Centre aims to address issues related to HIV and Gender and in a particular way that helps students feel supported, valued and heard as a young man or as a young woman and to helps them make informed decisions about their futures. This project has taken a “gendered approach” in that it looks at these issues from both male and female student perspectives – each of whom have different needs and experiences and require differing interventions. It will, however, also bring students together in group knowledge sharing forums and research forums where they will each have the opportunity to engage with issues relating to HIV and AIDS on campus and also current projects taking place across the nation at large through the existing CHAR Monthly Seminars Research Sharing initiatives. andBi-Monthly Student Discussions.
- Monthly Seminars
Central to the work of CHAR are the regular cross disciplinary seminar colloquia which are held on a monthly basis and brings together members of the UB community (staff and students as well as members of the civil society organisations and representatives from various government departments. These public lectures focuses on current and topical issues on HIV and AIDS and research findings, such as MCP, Male Circumcision, the MmaBana Study, BAIS III, and etc.).
- Weekly Students Discussions
CHAR holds weekly students discussion for various gender groups in the university. That is, in a given week, discussions are held for boys only while girls’ discussion would be held on the following week. A third grouping composed of mixed sexes are held during another separate week. Some of the topics discussed during meetins include Male circumcisions, what boys/girls want from each other, relationships, safer sex, and etc.
- The Study of the Response of the Faith Based Organizations to HIV and AIDS
Assess faith based organizations’ HIV and AIDS technical competences with a focus in prevention, coordination mechanism, financial and management capacity to address HIV and AIDS activities with a focus to its prevention.
- Qualitative Study on Knowledge Attitudes and Practices to Safe Male Circumcision
Conduct surveys to generate information on factors that may influence the uptake of safe male circumcision services in order to design and implement a comprehensive communication strategy for Botswana.
- Families Matter! Program
An evidence-based intervention designed to promote positive parenting practices and effective parent-child communication about sexuality and sexual risk reduction for parents and guardians of 9-12 year olds. The ultimate goal of FMP is to reduce sexual risk behaviors among adolescents.
- Botswana Youth and Family Prevention Project
Conducting focus groups with youth and in-depth interview with key informants to inform adaptation of the measurement protocol and intervention for youths 13-18 year olds in the secondary schools. This program is adapted from a program done to African-American adolescents, called Becoming a Responsible Teen: An HIV Risk Reduction Program for Adolescents (BART).