The youth have always been affected disproportionately. Why are we still stuck in that space?
DM: We are stuck in that space because it is my sincere belief that we have come up with solutions for the youth, rather than getting youth to be part of creating the solution. We think we are older and we know better.
We must listen to their voices so that as we tailor programmes, it has to be a programme that works for them. We had role models before, but our role models were not young people. They did not speak the language of the youth. Also, clinics are often not youth-friendly. Those who run clinics look at those kids as a mother, and they are often scared. He or she is not able to understand the challenges.
So I think it needs to be comprehensive. The parents, the community, and government and initiators of programme need to be on the same level.
A lot of countries do come to benchmark, pick up what we have excelled in, learn from the mistakes that we have made and learn from the challenges that we still have.
We are quite happy to share with all countries, we’re not saying that all things are perfect in Botswana, but we’re just saying that, we have worked very hard at confronting the problem of HIV/AIDS and it seems to be paying off.