AIDS: Botswana's Biggest Challenge
Although Botswana's economic outlook remains
strong, the devastation that AIDS has caused threatens to destroy the
country's future. In 2001, Botswana had the highest rate of HIV infection
in the world (350,000 of its 1.6 million people). With the help of
international donors, however, it launched an ambitious national campaign
that provided free antiviral drugs to anyone who needed them, and by March
2004, Botswana's infection rate had dropped significantly. But with 37.5%
of the population infected, the country remains on the brink of
catastrophe. President Mogae won a second and final four-year term in Oct.
After serving 10 years as deputy president, Ian
Khama, the son of Botswana's first president, Seretse Khama, was
inaugurated as president in April 2008. Festus Mogae stepped aside after
10 years in office. Khama won another five-year term in October 2009, when his Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) party won 45 out of 57 seats in Parliament.
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