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15 May 2020

Youth and COVID-19 Diaries:Empowering other young people with SRHR and COVID information

Gaborone: 23 year old Trevor Oahile’s lockdown diary Date of diary: 8 May 2020 We are currently on day 36 of the extended lockdown. I must say though the lockdown has brought in a lot of changes in... Read more

6 May 2020

Pregnant and worried during COVID-19

GABORONE, Botswana- It is a particularly difficult time to be pregnant. The last thing any woman would want is to bring their child into a world of uncertainty but that’s exactly what pregnant women... Read more

28 April 2020

Youth and COVID-19 Diaries:Missing social connections

Gabane: 19-year-old Tshepang Malope's Story Date of diary session: 16 April 2020 Today is day 15 and I am locked down with my family; my grandparents, mother, siblings and aunts. My routine has... Read more

28 April 2020
Press Release

New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months. New York, USA, 27 April 2020 - As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the... Read more

7 April 2020

It is a myth that people living with disabilities do not need to prevent unplanned pregnancies, HIV and STIs – we are not asexual

FRANCISTOWN, Botswana—“Accessing condoms and other contraceptives is quite difficult for us because there is a huge communication barrier between us and those assisting us. They do not understand... Read more

20 March 2020

As pandemic rages, women and girls face intensified risks

UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and... Read more

1 November 2019

Young people call for access to information and non-judgemental health services

Teenage pregnancy remains a great challenge in Botswana with some schools losing as many as 30 girls in a year. Twenty five years ago, Botswana together with 178 other governments committed to... Read more

9 August 2019

NGOs seek better support for women and girls

One in three women in Botswana have experienced some form of gender based violence (GBV) by an intimate partner.  These experiences by women and girls remain high despite the government’s commitment... Read more

17 June 2019

Re-committing to the unfinished business of the ICPD, SWOP 2019 official launch

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health and Wellness, Ms Ruth Maphorisa officially launched the 2019 State of World Population (SWOP) report on 5 June in Gaborone, Botswana. The report, with the... Read more

24 May 2019

People-centered development is critical for Africa's future to ensure the Africa We Want

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, recommitted to the revolutionary decision taken at the 1994 International Conference on Population and... Read more