The Pilot Mathambo Centre for Men’s Health (PMCFMH) is the only organization in Botswana working exclusively to support the health, rights, and needs of the country’s MSM population, including men who have transactional sex with other men and male sex workers. PMCFMH’s mission includes educating these communities about sexual health, advocating for MSM rights, creating safe spaces for discussion, and building a grassroots support network – all while fighting the national stigma around homosexuality. It is run by MSM for MSM, and is committed to reaching out to members of the community who have lacked access to other LGBTQIA+ projects in the past.
Since its foundation, PMCFMH has conducted extensive outreach throughout Botswana – including the capital city of Gaborone, the Francistown corridors, and smaller towns such as Palapye and Hukuntsi. The organization has recruited and trained over 100 young activists, transforming them into anti-homophobia campaigners, peer counselors and awareness-builders.
Partners and affiliates of PMCFMH have included the U.S. Embassy, FHI 360, the African Comprehensive for Healthy Partnerships (ACHAP), Sisonke, LEGABIBO, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), and the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA). Currently, PMCFMH is partnering with the Red Umbrella organization to raise awareness of the plights of MSM sex workers, and is running a HIV-prevention global fund module alongside BONELA.