U.S. Embassy Gaborone through the PEPFAR Botswana Coordination Office (PEPFAR/PCO) is pleased to announce an open competition for local civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to submit applications to carry out a Community-Led Monitoring (CLM) program. The CLM program is funded through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in Botswana (PEPFAR/Botswana) in support of the Government of Botswana’s (GoB) effort to achieve HIV epidemic control through the implementation of evidence-based and client-centered interventions to accelerate progress in HIV prevention, care and treatment and ultimately, save lives.
PEPFAR recognizes the importance of engaging with communities in the development and implementation of effective health services. HIV services in Botswana continue to face the challenge of linking and retaining patients on life-long ART. Collaboration with communities and clients is critical to ensure that health services in the facilities and communities are accessible and of high quality.
The overall goal of the CLM program is to ensure the availability, access to, and delivery of quality health and HIV services. The CLM program’s main objective is to provide a direct feedback mechanism to clients and beneficiaries of these services throughout the health service delivery experience to diagnose persistent issues and barriers to service uptake. The expectation is that this feedback loop will help identify gaps and workable solutions that are driven by the community to overcome them.