Botswana is one of the countries which shares good bilateral relations with the United States of America (USA). Even in the midst of the global pandemic, the U.S government has extended a helping hand to Botswana on a number of occasions. Through their Facebook page, the U.S Embassy in Botswana outlined the assistance which their government has offered to Botswana in an effort to fight the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
1. Over P84 Million assistance
2. Published COVID-19 prevention materials
The U.S. Mission published COVID-19 prevention and management materials for clinics and public spaces. The embassy say it is also developing content for the national COVID-19 communications campaign. Moreover, the embassy have hosted webinars for healthcare workers on COVID mitigation measures and monitoring.
3. Building of Isolation clinics
4. Supporting CMS supply chain
The Central Medical Stores (CMS) has for the longest time been accused of poor management of medicines. They have in a number of instances reported to have thrown away medicines while the same are in dire shortage at district level. The U.S. Mission is supporting Central Medical Stores to prepare the country’s supply chain system for the demands of the vaccine roll out from receipt of vaccines in Botswana to distribution to the vaccine sites and to administration of vaccines. In addition, the U.S. Mission will strengthen efforts to surveille the safety of COVID vaccines..”The U.S. Mission has also supported the development of an emergency supply chain playbook to bolster the efforts of the Central Medical Stores to continue to ensure the people of Botswana can access life-saving medication during the COVID-19 pandemic and for potential future pandemics.” the embassy stated
5 .Public Education on COVID-19
The U.S. Mission developed radio messages and other risk communication tools to ensure rural and urban communities are well informed of the risks and prevention measures for COVID-19. “Our Let’s Talk campaign, featured on social media and three different radio stations, incorporated COVID-19 prevention, and awareness themes.” the U.S Embassy asserted. The embassy further reveals that they are engaging a network of U.S. universities, NGOs, and businesses to support Botswana’s COVID-19 efforts. Thee University of Maryland, the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, and the University of Washington are mentioned as those universities which engaged for public health programming.
These are the major areas of assistance where the U.S government extended a helping hand to Botswana, there are many more which the embassy has mentioned.