As a seventh-grade teacher at Kopong Primary School in Botswana, Mothusi Joseph Kgomo has many responsibilities. He teaches the children reading, math and science. And on a warm day in October, he became an example of how they can help protect themselves from HIV by undergoing a voluntary medical male circumcision.
The African proverb "it takes a village" is often used to describe how the upbringing of a child is the responsibility of the extended family -- a communal effort. And as there is nothing more precious than the life of a child, it's beyond justification that every day 700 babies are needlessly born with HIV. Over the past 32 years, AIDS has killed more than 35 million people, many of them children. So when it comes to looking at what it will take to win the fight to end AIDS, the saying "it takes a village" has never had more meaning.