Botswana: United States donates isolation facilities in Botswana to support pandemic mitigation

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U.S. Embassy in Botswana in Stuttgart, Germany – The two facilities, built as part of the U.S. Africa Command’s humanitarian, disaster and civic assistance overseas program, will support critical efforts of pandemic mitigation in the region.

The U.S. government, through the Department of Defense, donated two isolation facilities worth over 2.9 million pesos to the government of Botswana in a handover ceremony in Bobonong on December 7, 2021.

The two facilities, built as part of the U.S. Africa Command’s overseas humanitarian, disaster and civic assistance program, will support critical pandemic mitigation efforts in the region. This donation follows previous DoD arrangements of four other isolation clinics in Kasane, Maun and Ghanzi.

US Ambassador Craig Cloud and Botswana Minister of Health and Welfare Dr Edwin Dikoloti inaugurated the facilities during the official ceremony.

“Beyond helping Botswana mitigate the effects of COVID-19,” Ambassador Cloud said in his remarks, “these isolation facilities are part of a larger effort by the United States to help the economy of Botswana. So far the US government has contributed 146 million pula to the fight against coronavirus in Botswana. “

He went on to stress that this investment in health infrastructure created jobs for local entrepreneurs and workers, “because we understand the importance of creating jobs” and creating “opportunities for the people. local and local businesses “.

Close coordination between the U.S. Embassy and the Department of Health and Welfare has increased the effectiveness of U.S. government-funded pandemic mitigation projects in Botswana.

The project, launched by the US government in March 2021, includes several modular structures that will be used to isolate COVID-19 patients during their period of treatment and recovery. The specific objectives of the project are to improve the COVID response and support to the local community through care and education, and to strengthen the coordination and management of community health services through community health groups. ‘community health workers, leadership and governance.

The clinics aim to benefit community health workers, policy makers, managers and ministries responsible for the management and implementation of community health services, civil society organizations and local businesses directly involved in providing community health services.

Find a full list of U.S. government assistance to Botswana’s COVID-19 response here.


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