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The health benefits of contraceptive use are substantial. Contraceptives prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the number of abortions, and lower the incidence of death and disability related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

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Over two thirds of women in Botswana (67%) have experienced some form of gender violence in their lifetime
including partner and non-partner violence. A smaller, but still high, proportion of men (44%) admit to perpetrating violence against women. Nearly one third of women (29%) experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in the 12 months to the prevalence survey that formed the flagship research tool in this study. In contrast, only 1.2% of Batswana women reported cases of GBV to the police in the same period. Thus the prevalence of GBV reported in the survey is 24 times higher than that reported to the police.

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Botswana Government, through Ministry of Health therefore undertook a Rapid Assessment of Sexual & Reproductive Health and HIV and AIDS linkages in 2008.The main purpose of the assessment was to gauge the existence of bi-directional linkages at policy, systems and service delivery levels; to identify gaps between the two areas and ultimately develop measures to strengthen and bridge these gaps.

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Welcome to our first UN Annual Report. 2012 has been an important year for the United Nations Botswana family. Botswana is a country with an impressive record of development success. Reportedly, at independence in 1966 the country only had 12 kilometres of paved road and just 22 college graduates and was the second poorest in the world. Within just three decades, the country transformed itself into a middle income country. Today Botswana is an upper middle income country and, the effects of the HIV and AIDS epidemic notwithstanding, a shining beacon of hope across a number of areas including: the wellbeing of its citizens, the fight against corruption, global competitiveness and the quality of governance.

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Anchored on the overall goal of improving the quality of life and standard of living of all people in Botswana, the RNPP is premised upon Botswana’s four national guiding principles of Democracy, Development, Self Reliance and Unity, which are in accord with traditional Botswana culture of promoting social harmony (Kagisano).

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The Revised National Plan of Action is a framework for the implementation of the revised National Youth Policy. It will be the major policy instrument that provides a guide on hoe to operationalise the various programmes and activities that need to be carried out and time frames of such action as well as the agencies that have to act upon these. It further seeks to stimulate and guide action by; intergovernmental agencies, NGO, youth organisations, the private sector and development partners. The Revised Youth Policy takes its plac alongside VISION 2013, National Development Plans, MDGs and other policy frameworks relevant to young people.

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During the past decade, youth development in Botswana has been undertaken within the framework of the National Youth Policy of 1996 and the National Action Plan for Youth, 2001-2010. The Revised National Youth Policy is a framework for youth development and empowerment in Botswana. It is intended to guide all national efforts in the development and implementation of youth programmes. The Revised National Youth Policy is intended to guide in the mobilisation of resources, strengthen implementation mechanisms and improve overall coordination within the youth sector. The policy is an acknowledgement and incorporation of emerging issues in the arena of youth development. It is aligned to recent national, regional and international youth policies and conventions.

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The Central Statistics Office (CSO) in collaboration and support from UNFPA embarked on the development of a comprehensive Census Project Document that will serve as source for support and resource mobilization for all processes of the 2011 Census undertaking.

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This summary highlights the experiences, results and actions from the implementation of the Rapid Assessment Tool for Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Linkages in Botswana1. The tool – developed by IPPF, UNFPA, WHO, UNAIDS, GNP+, ICW and Young Positives in 2009 – supports national assessments of the bi-directional
linkages between sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV at the policy, systems and services levels.

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This guide seeks to assist health workers and other service providers to strengthen ASRH services to be provided and offered to young persons both male and females regardless of their status or background.

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