Botswana: U.S. Extends Bilateral Health Funding to Botswana

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Sumary of Botswana: U.S. Extends Bilateral Health Funding to Botswana:

  • Gaborone — The US government has extended cooperative agreements amounting to over P280 million between the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Botswana University of Maryland School of Medicine Health Initiative (BUMMHI) and Botswana Training and Education Center for Health (B-TECH)..
  • He said the US embassy was determined to achieving the goal of AIDS-free generation in Botswana and that the knowledge imparted on the locals through such initiatives would remain behind..
  • He said the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) had made a great difference in Botswana regarding HIV/AIDS..
  • He said the US embassy was also looking forward to Botswana AIDS indicator survey data in order to attack the pandemic..
  • He said the USA health partnership with Botswana was a proud legacy that came to the fore during the darkest period of the HIV pandemic..
  • Dr Dikoloti noted that some of the programmes that the USA government assisted Botswana with, such as the Tebelopele testing centres, roll out of Masa ARV and PMTCT programmes, SMC and recent extension of ARV treatment to non-citizens..
  • Further, he noted that COVID-19 has imparted valuable lessons in preparing the public health system for future challenges Executive Director of B-TECH, Dr Odirile Bakae said his organisation has been operational in the country for the last 17 years under PEPFAR funds…

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