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Medical News and Perspectives
December 1, 2004

“New Dawn” for Botswana

JAMA. 2004;292(21):2565. doi:10.1001/jama.292.21.2565

Although the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Botswana is one of the highest in the world, with infection estimates of about 37.4% of adults, a public-private partnership for addressing the epidemic has brought new hope to the country. One critical component of the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (a collaboration between Botswana’s government, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Merck Foundation/Merck & Co Inc) is Masa (a Setswana word meaning “new dawn”), an ambitious program involving offering free antiretroviral drugs to all Botswana citizens who require treatment (http://www.achap.org/MASA.htm).

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