Botswana is one of the hardest hit countries in the HIV/AIDS global epidemic with prevalence at 17%. There are 378,184 people currently living with HIV and 13,797 new infections each year (Botswana PEPFAR Strategic Direction Summary 2018). Under its Third Botswana National Strategic Framework for HIV & AIDS 2016-2022 (NSF III), the Government of Botswana embraces Treat All as a mechanism for ending the epidemic by 2030 with no new infections by 2023. The strategy calls for increased community-level service delivery and targeted interventions aimed at sub-populations, including adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and high prevalence geographic areas. Peace Corps Botswana has partnered with the Government of Botswana and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to strengthen Botswana’s response to the HIV epidemic. The focus of the Health Project and this assignment is system strengthening for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for youth ages 10-24 years.
As a Clinic and Health Team Volunteer, you will be assigned to a rural clinic or health post serving a small community, district hospital or a District Health Management Team (DHMT) responsible for multiple health facilities and HIV programs and services across an entire health district.
If placed in a clinic or health post, you will most likely work alongside the Health Education Assistant or community health nurse to strengthen outreach work in HIV prevention, treatment adherence, and care for People Living with HIV delivered through health talks, home visits, support groups and community campaigns. You may also help the clinic or health post improve HIV service delivery by strengthening systems, such as health commodity logistics and supply chain management, client tracking, monitoring systems and working with the Youth Friendly Services Clinic.
If placed in a District Health Management Team, you will most likely work alongside different units such as Health Education and Monitoring and Evaluation, responsible for ensuring HIV programs and services are implemented in clinics, hospitals and communities within the district. You may assist in strengthening data collection, analysis and reporting, implementation of district-wide campaigns, and improving delivery of HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services. Volunteers often support pharmacists and laboratory technicians to improve health commodity logistics and supply chain management and may assist the environmental health team in malaria prevention. You will also be involved in the larger district HIV response through the District Multi-Sectoral AIDS Committee.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check