The HIV / AIDS epidemic in Botswana. HIV / AIDS policy fact sheet.
Botswana has the second highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate (the percent of people living with the disease) in the world (37.3%), a much higher rate than the sub-Saharan African region overall. As of the end of 2003, there were an estimated 350,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana, or more than a third of the country's adult population. The epidemic has already had a profound effect in Botswana, posing significant development challenges to this middle-income country. The Government of Botswana created a National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) in 1999, and is currently operating its National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS for 2003-2009. (excerpt)