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Maun Counselling Centre will today (Friday) launch a Peer male/Peer Mother project under an existing prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) program already running in Maun.
The project is co-sponsored by the Academy for Education Development in partnership with Botswana Christian AIDS Intervention Program (BOCAIP).
Centre Coordinator Keeme Mokgadi said the major objective of the project is to ensure that HIV-positive women and mothers suffering from post-partum depression have the best possible access to PMTCT services – which include safe infant feeding practices and key referral services. “We aim to accomplish this by mobilizing partners, families and communities. The peer male component of the project aims to build male involvement and support for PMTCT services in the community. Through open forums and visits to workplaces, homes, and traditional leaders, peer males educate men in the community to learn about PMTCT services, access to ARVs for babies and how to support mothers.”
Mokgadi further said the peer educators also provide information about couples counseling, HIV prevention, STI education, male circumcision, family planning and health care.  One peer male, he said, is located at each of the five sites where the project is running. The sites are Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital, Boseja Clinic, Maun Clinic, Boyei Clinic and Sedie Clinic.
The launch of the project will be held at the Moeti Kgotla and will be attended by government officials and donors as well as community-based organizations.

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the gov is trying tlhe bathong lets try nd utilise this programs.