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October 21, 2002
Toronto partners with Botswana municipality to fight AIDS
A delegation from Botswana met with the Board of Health today as part of an
HIV/AIDS capacity-building partnership between the City of Toronto and the
South East District of Botswana.

Botswana has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world, with 38 per cent of the
adult population testing positive for the virus.

Four community leaders will spend two weeks visiting Toronto AIDS agencies,
community groups and health care organizations to learn about Canadian
strategies that may be applied to the Botswana HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The delegation was introduced to the Board of Health today and welcomed to
Toronto by Councillor Joe Mihevc, Chair of the Board.

"This partnership is an excellent opportunity for Toronto to show its
leadership in AIDS prevention strategies and share its skills with a country
facing a devastating crisis," said Mihevc. "We also have a lot to learn from
our colleagues in Botswana about implementing creative approaches with limited

The partnership is sponsored by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

For a backgrounder on the partnership, please see the Web site:

Media Contact
Mary Margaret Crapper,
Toronto Public Health,



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