Today is World AIDS Day. This is an important day around the world and one that is especially important to Peace Corps Volunteers in Botswana. Botswana has the second highest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world, with an estimated one-third of the population being infected. As such, each of us has been brought to this country to work on HIV/AIDS issues at a grassroots level in an effort to get to "zero new infections" by 2016. It is an issue that we have become passionate about and one that plagues our thoughts and motivates our actions. For me, that means working most directly with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and in helping design programs to work with this demographic.
To learn more about HIV/AIDS in Botswana or the work that PCVs are doing, please click on the following links: