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HIV/AIDS: Botswana

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What contribution they have made in each of the past three years to combat HIV/AIDS in Botswana. [HL1640]

The UK no longer has a bilateral programme in Botswana. The Government's policy on middle-income countries prioritises 10 per cent of our bilateral aid to large middle-income countries with a high proportion of poor people; highly indebted middle-income countries; and middle-income countries that are vulnerable to falling back to low-income status. Botswana currently falls into none of these categories and as such no longer benefits from a bilateral aid programme with DfID.

Botswana does, however, benefit from UK assistance through both regional and multilateral channels. We have committed £18 million from bilateral funds managed by DfID for a UNICEF southern Africa programme to protect orphans and vulnerable children from AIDS. In the first year of the programme (2006-07) US$1.3 million was allocated to Botswana.

We also provide £4 million support to the innovative multi-media Soul City edutainment regional programme in southern Africa. This 2003-07 programme reaches eight countries, including Botswana.

From 2002-06, we supported a £7.65 million regional programme implemented by the Southern African Development Community (SADC). This had components in Botswana, where the programme supported social marketing of condoms, strengthening the National AIDS Commission and work to prevent HIV transmission at cross-border sites.

The UK is also a major global contributor to the principle multilateral organisations that are supporting Botswana’s response to AIDS: the global fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (GFATM), the World Bank and the European Commission (EC). GFATM has a programme of over US $18.5 million on AIDS in Botswana, of which over US $9 million has been allocated since October 2005. The UK is a major supporter of GFATM, with commitments of £100 million in each of 2006 and 2007.

The EC contributes to Botswana's response to AIDS with €50.26 million towards the Education Sector Budget Support Programme (2006-09) which includes a focus on HIV prevention in schools. In addition, the EC supports regional programmes which underpin Botswana’s response. These include €3.1 million for ongoing regional support to SADC's AIDS work, and €4.5 million towards the “Circles of Support” regional programme supporting orphans and other children made vulnerable by AIDS. The UK’s imputed share of EC funding is 17.4 per cent.