Botswana has one of Africa’s most robust economies and one of its most stable governments. However, the country is also afflicted with the world’s second highest HIV prevalence rate among adults. Botswana’s HIV rate is more than five times that of the regional average, and more than 30 times the global average. In addition, Botswana is haunted by the specter of gender-based violence. Over two-thirds of women in Botswana have experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime, including partner and non-partner violence.
MEASURE Evaluation assists in Botswana on both of these issues. We are helping the Ministry of Health to strengthen the quality of data reported by HIV/AIDS programs in the country through improved development and dissemination of standard operating procedures for maintaining data quality and conducting routine data quality assessments. Goals of this effort are to strengthen coordination, harmonization, alignment, and accountability in Botswana’s national HIV/AIDS response. MEASURE Evaluation also works with the National AIDS Coordinating Center (NACA) to implement a customized decision support system catering to NACA’s work.
We also are helping the Ministry of Labor and Home Affairs within the Gender Affairs Department to develop a multi-sectoral referral system so that survivors of gender-based violence can access comprehensive care and services to meet their specific needs.