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The Botswana Business Coalition on AIDS was established during the development and formulation of the second National 5year HIV/AIDS Plan in the Republic of Botswana. It was deliberately structured and organized on the basis of a Multi-Sectoral HIV AIDS Plan11 (1997-2002). BBCA was designated as the organization to co-ordinate and provide support to the Private Sector Response, as well as to develop their capability for developing and implementing quality HIV/AIDS programmes including the development and implementation of Policies on HIV/AIDS in the workplace.

The BBCA Mission, Mandate, Goals and objectives were set out and endorsed by the National AIDS Council (NAC). The BBCA was then established in 1994 as a coalition of private sector companies. 1994-2002 saw a period of inactivity with no formal secretariat and only minimal interventions carried out by volunteers. 2002 marked a rejuvenation of the coalition as a memorandum of understanding was signed with the Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) laying the foundations for joined activities. This arrangement facilitated partnerships between the BBCA and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) and the Botswana – USA Project (BOTUSA).

 
There are approximately 3,000-5,000 organized businesses in Botswana; BBCA has reached 10-15% of businesses in the country. Judging by outputs from the Needs Assessment Survey (NAS) that was conducted in 2004, 18% of the 300 companies surveyed had a workplace policy. BBCA primarily works through its partner organizations to reach businesses. These partners include Women in Business (WIBA), BOCCIM and the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB). Collectively, these groups have a membership base of over 2,000 companies. BOCCIM has 14 business councils in Botswana, stratified according to industry and geography. BBCA is currently exploring the possibility of appointing an HIV/AIDS focal point within each council.

 

 

 
 

 

 
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