Integration of SRHR/HIV services in Botswana

No. of pages: 54

Publication date: 23 March 2018

Author: UNFPA Botswana

Publisher: UNFPA

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The “Maputo Plan of Action,”1 was conceptualized with the recognition that African countries will be challenged to meet the SDGs without significant improvements in SRH and highlighted priority areas and recommended among a number of measures including: (i) integrating HIV/AIDS services into SRH, (ii) promoting family planning, (iii) supporting SRH needs of adolescents and young people, (iv) addressing unsafe abortions through family planning, (v) ensuring quality and affordable services are available for maternal and child health and survival, (vi) ensure security of reproductive health commodities. In addition to improving SRH services, linkages of SRH and HIV was widely accepted as a strategy for HIV prevention and control.
 
The integration of SRH and HIV services has wide acceptance and support from stakeholders in Botswana who believe that this is an important strategy to address SRHR and HIV challenges in the country. In partnership with UNAIDS and UNFPA, an assessment was done in 2014 of 9 pilot sites in Botswana where SRH and HIV services were integrated. The goal of the assessment was to assess improvements and efficiencies gained from integration of health services and describe resources necessary for successful scale up of SRH and HIV linkages in Botswana.