Where We Work
The USAID | Health Policy Initiative completed its work in Botswana on September 29, 2010.
Botswana is experiencing one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world. To mitigate its impacts, the country needs to develop and implement effective policy responses, and provide local organizations with the capacity and resources to offer high-quality interventions.
Task Order 1 of the USAID | Health Policy Initiative in Botswana strengthened the response to the HIV epidemic by helping to create an enabling policy environment. The project also contributed to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief by facilitating better services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), improved care and support, and policy analysis and systems strengthening.
Specifically, project activities supported the Botswana National Strategic Framework for HIV/AIDS 2003-2009, and provided technical assistance to civil society to build its capacity to deliver services to OVC. Finally, the project strengthened the capacity of university students to raise HIV awareness and deliver prevention messages to fellow students and the larger community.
Botswana Adopts Children's Bill. In April 2009, following advocacy by the project-supported Marang Childcare Network, Botswana's Parliament adopted a new Children's Bill, which will improve the quality of services provided for orphans and vulnerable children by clearly establishing the minimum requirements and standards for such services.
OVC Network Receives Grant to Expand Services. In September 2008, Marang Childcare Network—a network of local agencies that provide care and support to OVC—received a grant from the Government of Botswana to expand the scope of its work. Marang will use the grant to further improve the quality of services for vulnerable children provided by its member organizations. The government's investment in Marang demonstrates a long-term commitment to OVC issues and recognizes the important leadership the network has provided since its founding three years ago. The project has provided ongoing technical assistance to the network and has been instrumental in strengthening its organizational capacity.