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    Botswana: Director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control Visits Botswana

    17 October 2007
    Posted to the web 17 October 2007

    Control and Prevention, Dr. Julie L. Gerberding last Friday met local CDC management, staff and partners on Botswana public health priorities in Gaborone.
    During her one-day visit to Botswana, she met with management and staff of BOTUSA, the 12-year-old partnership between the Government of Botswana and the CDC. BOTUSA employs more than 180 people and comprises three branches, including TB/HIV Research, HIV Prevention Research and the Global AIDS Programme.
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    The agency is also the main implementing partner for the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Botswana, which committed more than $76 million (or P471 million) to Botswana in fiscal year 2007. Dr. Gerberding also toured the Tebelopele Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre, a non-governmental organisation that is fully supported by PEPFAR and receives technical support from BOTUSA and met informally with Botswana government officials, CDC partners and other U.S. officials. In remarks, Dr. Gerberding said the Government of Botswana has provided inspired leadership in the nation's fight against HIV/AIDS, and is a model of commitment in the prevention, care and treatment of the disease.
    She also praised the work of BOTUSA staff to prevent the further spread of HIV and TB in Botswana and around the world. Dr. Gerberding has been director of the CDC since July 2002. As director, she oversees approximately 10,000 staff both domestic and international, and an annual expenditure of about $10 billion USD (P60 billion). She was recently ranked 23rd on the Forbes Magazine list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
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