Botswana has to pay HIV treatment for foreigners

Gaborone - Botswana's High Court on Friday ordered the government to provide treatment to HIV-positive foreign prisoners at the state's expense.

Justice Bengbame Sechele ruled that the denial of anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign inmates violated their rights.

Two Zimbabwean prisoners had sued the government for refusing to provide them with free ARVs, while providing them at no cost to Botswana citizens.

The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/Aids (Bonela) had supported the challenge against government policy, saying it violated the prisoners' constitutional right to equality, dignity and non-discrimination.

The High Court agreed, rejecting the government's claim that it did not have adequate funds to provide non-citizen detainees with the treatment.

Bonela director Cindy Kelemi welcomed the ruling.

"The court affirmed that providing ARV treatment to all prisoners who need it is critical to effectively addressing HIV," she said.

Mpadu 2014-08-23 07:36:18 AM
Haha. Africa. Hell or Heaven?
Collins Manasseh 2014-08-23 07:48:34 AM
Botswana is the most xenophobiac state no earth i've seen so far. It needs some civilisation for it to squarely fit in the global village.
Kennedy Bunga 2014-08-23 08:04:51 AM
Does anyone know Zimbabwe policy on foreign prisoners?
Kennedy Bunga 2014-08-23 08:07:46 AM
Richardson you need to grow up. We also have South Africans in Zim prisons
Bento Maepa 2014-08-23 08:27:38 AM
Then every positive Zimbabwean would go straight to Gaberone and commit a jailable-crime hand themselves over for free treatment - how is that for generosity.
Hank Shizmeister 2014-08-23 08:32:35 AM
Well that is just pure bull sh't. Just deport the bastards back to where they came from and their own countries can fork out tax money for their ridiculous diseases.
Marang Lesedi 2014-08-23 08:34:21 AM
Running short on stories, aren't we now?
Archie Dempster 2014-08-23 08:46:56 AM
If they don't have money then send them back to their home country to serve out the balance of their sentence
SazmanR 2014-08-23 08:47:31 AM
@Richardson..Ballogun Pillip has just proved your point look at the scams the Nigerians are posting on these comments..
Kennedy Bunga 2014-08-23 10:47:58 AM
If you are a prisoner in Zim you get treated the same as the locals-which is not great treatment by the way. The point is Botswana Gove must do the same