BONELA'a response to 2015 State of the Nation Address

Like the rest of 
Botswana; BONELA eagerly awaited for the 2015 State of the Nation Address, as delivered on 10 November by His Excellency the President; Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, particularly to appreciate the country’s future plans on HIV and broad health issues. Find attached their response to the speech.

The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA); commends the government of Botswana for its continued commitment of resources to improving health and well being for all Batswana. Botswana remains one of the few countries that have achieved the Abuja Declaration of committing at least 15% of its national annual budget towards health. 

BONELA welcomes the intensified use of treatment as prevention through test and treat approach and the increased access to antiretroviral treatment to all those who need it. However, with the increased costs related to treatment, which brings to the fore critical issues of sustainability, BONELA would have expected the address to highlight proposed strategies of sustaining the treatment programme in the intermediate and long term. An improved enabling policy and legal environment, improved service delivery, improved procurement processes, patient-centred approach to health are essential ingredients to self-efficacy and increased health outcomes.