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It is no secret that Botswana is one of the top countries in the world with high Tuberculosis (TB) incidence, despite TB being both preventable and curable. This is partly because of the high HIV prevalence and other factors that help in fuelling the infection.
Currently the TB notification rate is at about 414 per 100,000 people in Botswana. Fortunately, Botswana continues to enjoy the global support from both international Governments and NGO partners in fighting the TB (and HIV) co-pandemics.
Locally, Ministry of Health through the Botswana National TB Programme (BNTP) is dedicated in directing collaborative efforts of fighting TB (and HIV) hence reducing their morbidity and mortality. BNTP is in keep with both national policies and targets and WHO standards;
TB/HIV Policy Framework
guides the integration of TB/HIV treatment
Emphasises the desire to have a healthy nation by the year 2016 and beyond
Practicing Direct Observation Therapy (DOT)
Most effective for TB treatment as per WHO guidelines
United Nations Millennium Development goals
Botswana was among 147 UN member states that committed to pursuing the MDGs by 2015, among them Goal 6: ‘Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases including TB’. A tremendous progress has been made so far
Challenges in addressing the fight against TB
Botswana has high HIV prevalence rate which is the main driver of the TB pandemic (About 63% of people diagnosed with TB are co-infected with HIV) which is why efforts are being channelled towards integrating the two conditions in the fight.
Naturally, detection of TB in people living with HIV is difficult (low immune system may not allow HIV patients to be able to mount TB symptoms and signs).
Poor Infection Control – in our health facilities and other community places.
Stigma – the nature of the infection or the misconceptions surrounding the infection (especially in our African communities) play a big role in making people reluctant to get screened for TB, even in cases where people have clear symptoms and signs of TB.
Illiteracy – Inadequate information on TB, HIV and AIDS and preventative measures in Botswana especially at the rural/far-to reach areas (compared to the Western world) continues to make our communities vulnerable to getting infected by TB.
High defaulting Rates and Poor Contact tracing- Batswana are a very mobile population with people having at least three places where they reside seasonally (Home village, city, moraka, masimo), which makes it difficult for health care workers to make thorough follow up on the patients or their contacts.
Drug-drug interactions – Medications for HIV and TB taken at the same time may lower the efficacy of each other or increase the toxicity levels of the drugs in the body.
Drug Resistant TB – Adherence to treatment remains the highest challenge for the country when dealing with TB matters. A combination of reasons, others mentioned above encourages this. Poor adherence almost always leads to the development of drug resistant TB which is very difficult, expensive and long to treat. About 100 new cases of Drug resistant TB are recorded every year in Botswana.
What to do at individual level
There is no doubt that Botswana as a country, is enjoying all the international support it can get (both financial and otherwise) and is trying by all means to keep up with good international standards when dealing with issues of TB.
What is still lacking is commitment from the grassroots, where TB is mainly rampant. Individuals still do not understand the implication of one contracting TB or spreading it, as a major contribution towards the national pandemic. It does not end with that individual! What about their family? Work colleagues? People they travel with on public transport?
TB is a public health concern. So apart from worrying about oneself when it gets to screening for TB, individuals should not be selfish and think about the next person. Failure to honour TB treatment and preventative measures (like wearing masks) can land one in prison (involuntary incarceration) in order to save the public.
Employers should understand this, Bus drivers, teachers at school and all other people in power that may act towards hindering access to health care. We should ‘Doctor’ our family members and encourage them to seek medical help when we can clearly see they are not well. This is not to be used to mock but rather to help that individual and the people around them.
Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo, a cultural exchange TV show, is set to ignite a genuine appreciation of diversity in Botswana and revitalize the country’s great tourism sector. In recent years, culture in Botswana has taken a backseat, leading to tribalism and narcissism that has caused division and resentment among different ethnic groups. However, a small group of individuals is determined to bring back the golden days of culture and restore unity among the people.
The TV show, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo, aims to shine a spotlight on the diverse ethnic groups in Botswana, such as Balete, Bangwaketse, Baherero, Bakalaka, Bangwato, Bayei, Basarwa, Bakwena, Batswapong, and Bakgatla. By showcasing the distinctive characteristics, age-old traditions, and deeply rooted values of these cultural groups, the program seeks to foster a broader understanding and appreciation for Botswana’s rich cultural tapestry.
Recognizing the pivotal role of culture in shaping human identity, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo aims to serve as a bridge across the cultural landscape. In an era of increasing global connectivity, the show believes that exposing individuals to different ethnic cultures can cultivate understanding, nurture respect, and ignite a genuine appreciation for diversity.
Beyond its entertainment value, the TV show holds substantial benefits for Botswana. It has the capacity to preserve the country’s unique heritage, traditions, and customs, contributing significantly to the nation’s sense of identity and pride. Moreover, the program’s portrayal of Botswana’s cultural richness is expected to attract tourists, invigorating the tourism sector and creating employment opportunities, thus bolstering the country’s economic landscape.
Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo also aims to be a catalyst for social cohesion, fostering unity among people from diverse backgrounds and promoting a deeper understanding of cultural diversity. By showcasing the beauty and richness of Botswana’s cultural heritage, the program seeks to bring people together and bridge the gaps that have been created by tribalism and narcissism.
The TV show is meticulously designed to captivate audiences interested in delving into the intricacies of ethnic cultures. With a commitment to both entertainment and education, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo will unfold over forty days, starting in October 2024, captivating viewers on TV networks and various social media platforms.
At the heart of the TV show are twenty individuals chosen to represent the cultural diversity in Botswana. The inclusion of two individuals with disabilities underscores the program’s commitment to inclusivity and aligns seamlessly with the country’s vision of promoting equal opportunities for all.
The selection process for participants involves public participation, with interested individuals casting their votes through service providers. This transparent and inclusive cultural affair ensures that the TV show truly represents the diverse cultural landscape of Botswana.
Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo sets out to revive culture in Botswana, ignite a genuine appreciation of diversity, and revitalize the tourism sector. By showcasing the unique heritage, traditions, and customs of different ethnic groups, the TV show aims to foster unity, understanding, and respect among the people of Botswana. With its potential to attract tourists and create employment opportunities, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo holds great promise for the country’s cultural and economic landscape.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and love is in the air. It’s the perfect time to celebrate with heartwarming music, and “Ha Kena Le Thabo” by the Dalom Kids is the ultimate anthem for this special day. This catchy tune not only captures the essence of the season but also carries a powerful message that resonates with listeners.
The Dalom Kids have taken the spotlight with their latest remix hit song, and it’s no surprise why. Their music has stood the test of time, and their songs are loved today as much as they were loved two decades ago. They have found a way to revamp their music, aligning it with the current times, and their collaboration with Nkosazana daughter By Master KG SA Music last year is a testament to their dedication to empowering individuals during difficult times.
“Ha Kena Le Thabo” is a song that encourages listeners to express their heartfelt appreciation towards their loved ones. It serves as a reminder to acknowledge and celebrate the love and support we receive from those who are dear to us. In a world that often moves too quickly, it’s easy to forget the significance of love and companionship. However, the Dalom Kids’ music reminds us of the indispensability of gratitude and how it strengthens the bonds we share with our loved ones.
The Dalom Kids have made a name for themselves in the South African music scene, captivating audiences for several decades. Their unique blend of contemporary sounds and traditional influences has left an indelible mark on the industry. Their songs have always carried important messages, addressing topics such as love, unity, and resilience.
Formed in 1987 by the late Daniel Tshanda, the group consists of Jacqueline Rotwana, Petronella Rampou, and Magdeline Zungu. Together, they have created music that resonates with people from all walks of life. Their songs are not only catchy but also carry a deeper meaning, touching the hearts of listeners.
“Ha Kena Le Thabo” effortlessly fits into the pattern of the Dalom Kids’ music, reinforcing the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the love we have in our lives. It serves as a reminder to slow down and appreciate the love and support we receive from our loved ones. In a world that can often be chaotic and overwhelming, this song brings a sense of calm and gratitude.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, let the music of the Dalom Kids inspire you to express your love and appreciation for those who bring joy to your life. Let “Ha Kena Le Thabo” be the soundtrack to your celebrations, as you embrace the spirit of gratitude and affection that this season represents. Take a moment to reflect on the love you have in your life and let this song be a reminder of the importance of expressing that love to those who matter most.
In conclusion, “Ha Kena Le Thabo” by the Dalom Kids is the perfect anthem for Valentine’s Day. Its catchy tune and powerful message make it an ideal song to celebrate love and gratitude. Let this song inspire you to express your love and appreciation for those who bring joy to your life. As you celebrate this special day, let the music of the Dalom Kids be the soundtrack to your celebrations, reminding you of the importance of love and companionship.
The Miss Botswana pageant is in full swing, with the top 10 finalists working tirelessly to impress the judges and secure the coveted title. This week, the finalists have been busy with their Beauty-With-A-Purpose projects, a crucial component of the Miss World pageant. The spotlight is on these young women as they showcase their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.
The Beauty-With-A-Purpose documentation week is a crucial moment for the finalists. They will be filmed as they present their projects to the judges and the audience, highlighting the impact they have had on their communities. This aspect of the competition is particularly important, as Miss World advocates for the wellbeing of children. Therefore, the projects should be aligned with this mission and demonstrate a genuine commitment to improving the lives of children.
Unfortunately, Botswana has never won the Beauty-With-A-Purpose competition at Miss World. This suggests that previous projects from Miss Botswana queens may not have been convincing enough or may not have met the criteria set by Miss World. It is crucial for the finalists to ensure that their projects are compelling and directly address the needs of children in their communities.
The top 10 finalists for Miss Botswana are Relebanye Bakane, Anicia Gaothusi, Halle Hirschfeld, Lorato Kgangyapelo, Sebaga Manyepetsa, Otshepo Nthonyana, Charmaine Reasentse, Lefika Tladi, Emma Tshisimogo, and Christina Vanstaden. These young women have shown great dedication and passion throughout the competition, and it is clear that they are determined to make a difference.
The Miss Botswana Organization has been proactive in ensuring that the pageant is inclusive and representative of the entire country. Auditions were held across the country, allowing Batswana from all regions to participate in the journey. Additionally, a mini fashion show and beauty showcase were organized to highlight the talents and beauty of the contestants.
The Miss Botswana pageant has been a major event in the country, with 34 episodes documenting the journey to finding the next queen. The Top 30 finalists were celebrated with a grand launch, and the plans for their journey were unveiled. The organization has spared no effort in ensuring that the pageant is a memorable and impactful experience for all involved.
The highly anticipated Miss Botswana Top 10 launch will take place next week. The reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo, will represent the country at the 71st edition of Miss World, which will be held in New Delhi, India on March 2, 2024. Chombo was crowned by Polish model and Miss World 2021, Karolina Bielawska, who made a special appearance at the finale in October 2022. Chombo will now have the honor of crowning her successor at the upcoming pageant.
As the finale approaches, the heat is on in Miss Botswana’s kitchen. The top 10 finalists are working tirelessly to showcase their Beauty-With-A-Purpose projects and make a lasting impact. It is an exciting time for these young women, and the entire country is eagerly awaiting the crowning of the next Miss Botswana.