ACHAP on expansion drive

SHARE   |   Monday, 21 November 2016   |   By Ontametse Sugar
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ACHAP Botswana revealed their big expansion drive where they will be reaching out to other countries other than focusing on Botswana only. ACHAP Botswana was established in Botswana in 2000 as a response to the cry by the former President of Botswana Festus Mogae about the many Batswana who were dying of HIV/AIDS. ACHAP Botswana is under ACHAP Inc which is based in the United States of America. In the beginning in Botswana the two main donors were Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Merck Company Foundation until they parted ways with them in 2014.

ACHAP Botswana Chairperson Dr Edward Maganu said that following the departure of these two foundations they were faced with difficulties and they were forced to downsize their staff to 25 as they could not retain all the employees. He said that in 2014 ACHAP Board of Directors led by Chairperson Joy Phumaphi supported the development of an ambitious 10 years strategic business plan from the old business model of delivering HIV interventions only in Botswana funded by only two donors to an independent NGO funded by multiple income streams operating in multiple African markets. “Our new model has identified the African continent as its market and we are leveraging on our experience with public private partnerships and we have integrated the community within the model to provide sustainable solution,” he said.

Dr Maganu highlighted they will continue to work with HIV/AIDS which is their core but they have expanded their scope to the broader health sectors that includes TB and will in future implement projects in all communicable diseases and other diseases. He said that soon they will have ACHAP Lesotho, ACHAP Swaziland and others will follow, but Botswana will remain the headquarters for ACHAP Inc. “We will also partner with governments of different countries and we have already signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU),” he said. He said they want to continue raising the Botswana flag high which constitutes their colours.

ACHAP Chief Executive Officer Jerome Mafeni highlighted they want to turn their organisation into a giant organisation for population health services. He said that to date they have implemented projects that include Vision 2016 Synthesis Review, development of Human Resources for Health Development Strategy and Plan; some work for JICA, the EU and many others. “Implementing this strategy has drastically increased its staff complement from a mere core of 25 by end of 2014 to the current over 200 officers spread throughout the country,” he said. He added they have recently made history by becoming the first private sector principal recipient of the Global Fund in Botswana. He said at the moment they have sat their foot in 10 SADC countries. Mafeni said that so far they have partnered with Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Services Organisations, Liverpool Voluntary Counselling and Testing and Wits Health Research Consortium.