Cindy Kelemi

Ms. Cindy Kelemi is the Executive Director of the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) since January 2014. Cindy is a renowned activist who has impacted the response to HIV/AIDS, in Botswana, regionally and internationally. While at BONELA, Ms Kelemi coordinated the first-ever Treatment Literacy Programme in Botswana, which empowered over 50,000 people living with HIV/AIDS with the science of HIV, the benefits of treatment and associated side effects. This became the biggest HIV movement in Botswana, which advocated for access to TB/HIV services, monitoring of drug stockouts and holding duty-bearers accountable for service delivery. The programme advocated for an inclusive and enabling policy and legal environment. The highlight of her career was when BONELA successfully petitioned the government of Botswana, through the courts, to ensure provision of HIV treatment to foreign prisoners held within Botswana prisons. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and postgraduate Diploma in Education.

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