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BOTSWANA SETS A NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR HIV TESTING

24 March 2015

Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa have collectively set a new Guinness World Record of Most People being tested for HIV in Multi-Venues in 8 hours.

The record event was a joint collaboration between the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) and Ministry of Health UNFPA UNAIDS, WHO through an eight hour HIV testing campaign that took place in Maun on the 29th of November 2014. Through the Maun event Botswana contributed the biggest number to the three countries combined effort. At 13.9% Maun is one of the districts with the highest HIV prevalence in the country

The Guinness citation reads: “The most people being tested for HIV at multiple locations in eight hours is 4,367 people and was achieved by UNAIDS and the Governments of Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa, in locations across Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa, on 29 November 2014. The organisers successfully orchestrated the testing to take place across three different countries all in the same 8 hour time frame.”  At 2, 419, Botswana contributed the most numbers of people tested. The condomize campaign was the crowd puller at the event. 16 000 Male and 5 000 female condoms were distributed during the eight hour period.

The campaign is a good example of UN act together towards a common goal. You can read the official announcement here: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-people-being-tested-for-hiv-%28multiple-venues%29-8-hoursouncement and field act