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Botswana’S Public Health Crisis: The Hiv/Aids Epidemic
: A Case Study Of Botswana And Uganda, Gabrielle Onessimo Jan 2016

Botswana’S Public Health Crisis: The Hiv/Aids Epidemic
: A Case Study Of Botswana And Uganda, Gabrielle Onessimo

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this paper, I aim to answer the question: why are HIV rates in Botswana so high? The HIV epidemic in Botswana is a public health crisis that has dramatically affected the people of Botswana. Through comparative analysis with Uganda, a sub-Saharan African success story in terms of HIV, I argue that cultural and economic factors are responsible for high HIV rates in Botswana.

Cultural norms such as oppressive gender norms, a lack of knowledge surrounding the HIV virus, and a lack of sex education contribute to why Botswana has been unable to confront this serious epidemic. Uganda has been ...