A mural painted by Gaborone Teen Club in celebration of Youth Against AIDS month

Who we are

Teen Club is a peer support group intervention for HIV-positive adolescents in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, and a growing number of satellite sites throughout the country.

We help HIV+ adolescents between the ages of 13 and 19. To accommodate our Teen Club graduates, we also have a Young Adults Support Group for young people over 19 years of age.

Why we do what we do

Highly-Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART) has been a blessing for Botswana: HIV-infected children, once sentenced to short lives full of sickness, are now growing into adolescence and adulthood.  The teen population at the Baylor Pediatric Centre of Excellence has increased from 5 in 2005, to over 1,200 in 2012.

Many are classified as orphans or vulnerable children, and need positive social supports to learn how to manage having HIV to stay healthy as they come of age. And positive psycosocial intervention is needed to help these teens learn the social skills needed to stand against peer and relationship pressure, to stop the spread of HIV.

Up to thirty health care workers and adult volunteers regularly participate in each monthly Teen Club event, and includes paediatricians, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, adolescent support officers, psychologists and administrative staff.

History

2005 First Teen Club started at Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence in Gaborone
2007 Full-time staff hired
2008 Teen Leader program initiated
2009 Began fund-raising for our Adolescent Centre
2010 Added to USAID’s Promising Practices Database
2010 Cited as a best practice in UNICEF “State of the World Children’s Report”
2011

Highlighted in UNICEF report “HIV Infections in Young People” for our “broad range of medical, psychological and education services and support.”

2013

11 satellite sites open

2015

Ghanzi Teen Club launch - 12th site open in Botswana