U.S. Government Builds COVID-19 Isolation Clinics Across Botswana

Press Release

March 16, 2021

 The United States government through the Department of Defense’s Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) provided P18.7 million to build COVID-19 isolation clinics across Botswana. This Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid (OHDACA) funded project is aimed at strengthening Botswana’s COVID-19 response.

The project supports Government of Botswana pandemic mitigation efforts to remote and under-resourced communities across the country.

This donation comes in addition to the OSC’s 2020 donation of P330,000 worth of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW).

On March 12, the U.S. Embassy’s OSC Chief Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hammack and Country Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Pauline Harvey, along with MoHW Chief Project Engineer Mr. Gaebopae Motshabi and other MoHW staff members toured the proposed locations in Maun and Kasane for the clinic project.

The project includes 14 modular structures and can be utilized to provide services for 112 patients. The clinics will benefit community health workers, policymakers, managers, ministries responsible for managing and implementing community-based health services, civil society organizations and local businesses directly engaged in the provision of community health services.

This project will improve the Government of Botswana’s COVID-19 response and help to contain the spread of the pandemic in remote and isolated areas outside of Gaborone.

For additional information, please contact the U.S. Embassy Press Office at 373-2419 or PASGaborone@state.gov