HAND THAT GIVETH: ACHAP's Dr Seipone handing over the mobile clinic

Males in Kweneng East District will no longer have to travel long distances to access health facilities as the mobile clinic will offer services at their places.

The mobile clinic which is a 4X4 truck has been donated by ACHAP to enable the District Health Management Team (DHMT) to reach areas which are ordinarily hard to reach during week days and weekends. 

During the official handing over of the mobile clinic over the weekend, ACHAP Chief Executive Officer Dr Khumo Seipone said they found it fit to support Kweneng East District Health Management Team because of a plethora of challenges facing the area. 

“Following extensive consultations and available data, Kweneng East was considered among other President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supported districts because the district is vast, sparsely populated, has a challenging terrain and also has the largest Safe Male Circumcision (SMC) target of 6151 among all districts in Botswana,” She said.

According to Dr Seipone, Kweneng East is amongst those not performing well in SMC set targets which to date stands at only 42 percent of its target since inception in 2015.

The truck will be based at Scottish Livingstone Hospital (SLH) and it will reach areas such as Lephepe, Mahalapye and will also assist the rest of the country.

Giving the overview of SMC in the district, Head of Preventive Ntshipi Otukile, noted that in the financial year 2017/2018, they conducted 2 322 circumcisions and the number increased to 3 994 circumcisions in 2018/2019 financial year.

She, however, raised concern that the prime target of 15-34 years remains a hard nut to crack as they also experience a lot of resistance from peri urban places such as Thamaga and Molepolole.  

The thrilling event held at SLH was well attended by the village leadership including Bakwena Paramount Chief Kgari Sechele III and his wife Peggy Sechele, health practitioners and others.   

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Male circumcision is a dangerous distraction in the fight against HIV/AIDS. From a USAID report: “There appears no clear pattern of association between male circumcision and HIV prevalence—in 8 of 18 countries with data, HIV prevalence is lower among circumcised men, while in the remaining 10 countries it is higher.” (this will include men who were circumcised tribally rather than medically, but they and their partners may also believe themselves to be protected, and the whole rationale for the RCTs into female-to-male transmission was a purported correlation between high rates of male circumcision and low rates of HIV) From a… Read more »