Botswana Defence Force HIV/ AIDS Education, Prevention & Awareness Program
The threat to security, impact on progress and development, impact on militaries, impact on peacekeeping, orphans, the threat to economic prosperity, macroeconomic impact, businesses, families, professionals and consumers, are just some of the areas where HIV and AIDS has had a devastating effect on the global population..
Without any questions and hands down, HIV and AIDS have had the most dramatic impact on this planet beyond anything else in recorded history.
The opportunity for everyone to contribute their talents/ expertise is never more needed than at this time in our lives.
ResourceLinc, a minority technology company, has taken measures to utilize our partners and resources to bring together a team that has international HIV/ AIDS experience, and the ability to make a difference!
Our 40+ years of combined experience in the field of information technology and project management, where excellence in program management, program deployment and team building skills were essential for success, is a value-add that enables us to address this emergency at hand.
ResourceLinC has received numerous recognitions for both their national and international business pursuits. Recently inducted as a member of the prestigious International Whos Who for Technology, and interviewed by the United States General Accounting Office at the recommendation of the United States Department of Commerce Mid-Atlantic Region, ResourceLinC has also received an invitation to become a member of the “Smart Region” advisory team spearheaded by over 15 US Congressmen from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. In addition, ResourceLinC is a member of the G8 Digital Opportunity Taskforce for ICT in Healthcare, a member of the UNAIDS ICT Taskforce, and an Honorary Chair for the Business Advisory Council for the National Republican Congressional Committee as well as a member of the TradeAid Coalition sponsored by US Congressman JC watts.
As a result of our relationships and engagements with leading edge companies, universities and agencies, we have been able to construct a unique team of HIV and AIDS specialists, content developers and educators who together, offer some of the best individual and organizational talents in the world.
These talented HIV/ AIDS specialists represents a formidable team of professionals dedicated to delivering one of the best solution sets to address the education and awareness needs of African militaries as it applies to HIV and AIDS. The team bring s together HIV and AIDS education specialists, HIV and AIDS researchers, communication specialists, in-country relationships at the highest levels and computer technology specialists for innovative, timely and cost effective content delivery.
We are actively working with the United States DoD to demonstrate our commitment to addressing the HIV and AIDS conditions in the Botswana Defence Force (BOTSWANA DEFENCE FORCE).
As we have formed this team, deliberate consideration was given to the value of the content, cultural design of the content, methods for delivery, and that technology that will facilitate the most effective distribution, visual impact and knowledge retention. Our blend of content expertise, on-ground relationships and technology products offers a unique and powerful solution that will deliver results!! As a testament of the quality of our proposal, upon presentation and review of our document, we received letters of support from Congressman Brady who chairs the US Committees on Small Business and the Armed Services, Congressman Andrews who sits on the Armed Services Committee, Senator Arlen Specter, United States Department of Commerce Small Business Administration, the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce and verbal offers of support from Congressman Fattah and Congressman J.C. Watts.
ResourceLinC is an active member of the Corporate Council on Africa, the Global Business Coalition to Combat HIV/ AIDS as well as the Constituency For Africa and we are a member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Team Pennsylvania which promotes national and international trade relations for Pennsylvania businesses.
The ResourceLinC business model is in line with the successful business models of companies like KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, EDS, Deloitte and Touche and etc. ResourceLinC’s experience in applying technological Information and Telecommunications Technology solutions to maximize effectiveness, is blended nicely with the ability and relationships to locate, partner and deliver a single unified solution.
Our solution to the BOTSWANA DEFENCE FORCE takes the best of the available technologies which delivers visual impact to retain human interest, audio and printed material to offer the broadest reach to meet virtually everyone's educational and understanding thresholds. This multimedia delivery vehicle will deliver HIV and AIDS education, awareness and prevention material which can be re-heard, re-read and re-seen, encouraging voluntary adherence, continued learning and re-enforcement of the devastating effects HIV and AIDS can have on not only themselves but their babies, wives and their country.
The complete solution was a part of the initial proposal that was submitted to DoD, and reviewed with the BOTSWANA DEFENCE FORCE HIV and AIDS Medical Advisory committee. Assistant Chief of Staff, Brigadier Tiroyamodimo, Commanding Officer of Medical Corps, Col. William Matshwa and Botswana Defence Force National AIDS Coordinating Agency representative, Major General Oitsile were all briefed and provided input to our data collection. The ResourceLinC HIV and AIDS education program is comprehensive and specifically geared to behavioral modification towards the reduction of risky activities that could lead to contracting this deadly disease.
Our solution took into consideration, input from the Minister of Health, the Executive Director of the National AIDS Coordinating Committee and the various US Embassy contacts.
The HIV/ AIDS content will be a blend of a program by FHI Uniformed Services which was developed and tested by the militaries of Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Eritrea and Zambia and material developed by the New Jersey AIDS Education Training Center. This content will/ has been modified by the BOTSWANA DEFENCE FORCE trainers to ensure cultural accuracy and sensitivity.
The BOTSWANA DEFENCE FORCE has provided us with military designated trainees, who will provide train-the-trainer and peer-to-peer military outreach HIV/ AIDS prevention. These trainees will frequently engage with individuals and groups to conduct intervention activities.
Peer education implies a role-model method of education in which trained, self-identified members of the military client population will provide HIV/AIDS education to their behavioral peers. This method provides an opportunity for individuals to perceive themselves as empowered by helping persons in their communities and social networks, thus supporting their own health enhancing practices.
At the same time, the use of peer educators sustains intervention efforts in the community long after the professional service providers are gone.
This training will deliver a strong message that they have the ability to kill their families and to compromise the security of their beloved country.