Botswana currently faces one of the worst HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world with 17.6 percent of the general population infected with HIV, translating as one in four Batswana between the ages of 15 and 49 are living with HIV. Morwalela, a TV series developed by PSI/Botswana weaves a number of key themes such as high-risk sexual behaviours and alcohol abuse into its storylines with an overall goal of reducing HIV incidences in Botswana.
The TV series was written by local writers - Wame Molefhe and Lauri Kubuitsile and has a predominantly Batswana cast and crew. Filmed entirely in Setswana, the cast portray characters living in a small fictional village called Morwalela in Botswana. They are faced with the same difficult decisions, as many Batswana and show the impact of their choices on their lives and the lives of loved ones.
The series illustrates many of the issues around HIV-transmission such as the emotional and health risks of multiple concurrent partners, the dangers of excessive drinking, the value and need of HIV-testing, the importance of condom use and the importance of honest communication. It also highlights the importance of healthy living and the necessity for HIV positive individuals to commit to their anti-retroviral (ARV) drug regime in order to remain healthy.