Mokgweetsi Masisi participated in the ADAPT eight-week course during 2007 and the 2009 follow-up, and worked with CIET leading fieldwork in Botswana and Namibia. In 2009 he was elected as a Member of Parliament and appointed an Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration in the Office of the President in Botswana and in early 2011 he became the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration. The National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) comes within his ministerial responsibilities. He is a strong advocate of evidence-based decision making for planners and policy makers, including in the field of HIV prevention.
“The training and experiences one got through participation in the ADAPT course sharpened ones capacity to ask the right questions to the right people. It also highlighted the essentiality of ‘fitness for purpose’ in dealing with major public health issues such as HIV/AIDS. By its construct of content and participants, it engendered a unique sense of fraternity and patriotism given that the majority were from Southern Africa – the epicentre of the HIV/AIDS burden.”
Abstracts and papers arising from participation in the ADAPT programme:
Cockcroft A, Lengwe Kunda J, Kgakole L, Masisi M, Laetsang D, Ho-Foster A, Marokoane N, Andersson N. Community views of inter-generational sex: findings from focus groups in Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland. Psychology, Health and Medicine2010; 15 (5): 507-514 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20835961
Ho-Foster A, Laetsang D, Masisi M, Anderson M, Tlhoiwe D, Cockcroft A, Andersson N.. Gender-specific patterns of multiple concurrent sexual partnerships: a national cross sectional survey in Botswana.
AIDS Care 2010; 22(8): 1006-1011 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20552464