Founded in 1988, World Aids Day was the first ever global health day. The World Aids Day provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

In a quest to complement the global World AIDS Day 2017 Campaign which promoted the theme, ‘Right to Health’, the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) together with other organisations gathered at Bobonong Show Grounds on the 1st December 2017, to commemorate the day.

Giving the key note address during the event, His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Botswana, Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, expressed that the World AIDS Day is an occasion to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. His Excellency also informed the attendants about the support which the Government of Botswana has provided over the years and will continue to freely support its citizens living with HIV.

His Excellency also assured the attendants that the Government of Botswana will continue to establish interventions towards fighting this epidemic. The World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and the Government that HIV has not gone away, there is still a vital need to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. The World AIDS Day commemoration in Bobonong was filled with informative presentations as well as entertainment to amuse the attendants. HRDC as part of this event also believes that the right to health should focus on fighting HIV/AIDS epidemic by ensuring that there is access to health care, availability of medicines, a healthy working environment including accessible information on how to prevent disease spread or infection. During this event, HRDC also had an opportunity to interact with its different stakeholders to discuss other issues that concerns human resource development.


News Date: 
Friday, December 1, 2017