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

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U.S. Embassy in Botswana Stuttgart, Germany — The two facilities, built as part of U.S. Africa Command’s overseas humanitarian, disaster, and civic assistance program, will support critical efforts to mitigation of the pandemic 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 at a handover ceremony in Bobonong on December 7, 2021.

The two facilities, built under U.S. Africa Command’s foreign humanitarian, disaster, and civic assistance program, will support critical pandemic mitigation efforts in the region. This donation follows prior 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.

“In addition to helping Botswana mitigate the effects of COVID-19, Ambassador Cloud said in his remarks, “these isolation facilities are part of a larger U.S. effort to help the economy of Botswana. coronavirus in Botswana.

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

Close coordination between the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Health and Welfare has enhanced 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 treatment and recovery period. The specific objectives of the project are to improve the COVID response and relief to the local community through care and education, and to strengthen the coordination and management of community health services through groups of 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 engaged in the provision community health services.

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

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