23% of adults in Botswana are living with HIV. Although there is a strong national response to HIV, with free HIV treatment available for everyone who needs it, human rights violations towards people living with HIV is undermining the response.
We work with the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) to champion the rights of people living with HIV and ensure justice and dignity for all people affected by HIV.
BONELA has a wide scope of activities to achieve this aim, including education and community outreach work, providing legal assistance, and carrying out research and advocacy. In 2014 BONELA set up a legal aid database through which they refer and track cases of human rights abuses against key populations. Their work reaches employers, schools, health service providers, and government departments.