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Botswana: Investment Case Towards Ending Unmet Need for Family Planning

Botswana: Investment Case Towards Ending Unmet Need for Family Planning

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Botswana is an upper-middle-income country with a population of about 2.2 million people. The country has enjoyed good governance, a stable and democratic government, and a sustained high economic growth of about 9 per cent for two decades between 1975 and 1996. Growth however slowed down to an average of 3.9 per cent between 2009 and 2016. One of the aspirations of Botswana as expressed in the national policy document, Vision 2036, is to graduate from an upper-middle-income country to a high-income country with increased prosperity for its people by 2036.

Since 1973, the Government of Botswana has shown a strong commitment to family planning by integrating sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and sexually transmitted infections (STI) services into the health system.

This study estimates the investment and the impact of scaling up coverage of modern contraceptive methods among married/in-union women aged 15-49 years in Botswana within a time frame of ten years (2020-2030). The goal is to reduce unmet need for family planning among women, from 17.3 per cent in 2020 to 8 per cent or less by 2030.

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A Snapshot of UNFPA Botswana in 2021

Annual Report

The 2021 Highlights provide a snapshot of UNFPA’s work and progress in 2021, as we continue to work in support of the Government of the Republic of Botswana, and with our partners, to deliver on our collective vision for 2030. A better and more equal world for women and young people; a world where every woman and young person has control over their bodies and real rights and choices.

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Seeing the Unseen

State of World Population Report

Half. That’s the share of all pregnancies that are unintended. Nothing is more fundamental to bodily autonomy than the ability to decide whether or not to become pregnant. Yet for too many, the most life-altering reproductive choice is no choice at all. Women are more likely to experience an unintended pregnancy when they have fewer choices and less power.

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Synthesis report - Botswana: Investment Case Towards Ending Unmet Need for Family Planning

Synthesis report - Botswana: Investment Case Towards Ending Unmet Need for Family Planning

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Botswana is an upper-middle-income country with a population of about 2.2 million people. About 35 per cent of the total population is under the age of 15 and the percentage of females aged 15 to 49 years is 50 per cent. Over the past 50 years, the country has experienced a notable demographic transition. Total fertility rate has declined from 6.6 children per woman in 1960 to 3.1 children per woman in 2017. Under-five mortality has been reduced from 152 deaths to 48 deaths per 1,000 live births, while maternal mortality ratio has decreased from 152 deaths to 134 deaths per 100,000 live births over the same period.

Since 1973, the Government of Botswana has shown a strong commitment to family planning by integrating sexual and reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections services into the health system. 

This investment case defines the scale and scope of investments needed to provide family planning services in the country. It also provides information on high impact and cost-effective interventions required to accelerate progress towards ending unmet need for family planning in Botswana by 2030.

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Hear Her

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This booklet documents stories of hope to inspire change towards greater sexual and reproductive health and rights in East and Southern Africa. From young activists on child marriage and climate change, to the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls' rights, to efforts to break down myths and taboos around menstrual health, we champion the rights of women and girls in the region.

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Government of Botswana/UNFPA 7th Country Office Programme

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The Government of Botswana/ UNFPA seventh country programme contributes to the national Vision 2036, the eleventh National Development Plan, and, within the context of the Decade of Action, SDGs 3, 5, 10, 16 and 17. The programme is anchored in the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2022-2026 and contributes directly to three of five UNSDCF outcomes by 2026:

(a) gender inequality is reduced, and women and girls are empowered to enjoy their human rights and participate in and benefit from inclusive development;

(b) all people, particularly vulnerable and marginalized groups, have equitable access to high-quality education, health and social protection services; and

(c) Botswana is a more equal, just, and open society, with reduced corruption, where the public is empowered to avail the opportunities and equally participate in decision-making at all levels, and where leaders are accountable, transparent, and responsive.

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2020 Orange Book of Results

Annual Report

The Orange Book of Results is a compendium of key results achieved in 2019 by UNFPA's country offices, in line with the UNFPA Strategic Plan 2018–2021. The Orange Book helps UNFPA and other development organizations learn from past experience and strengthen partnerships to achieve results. The third volume of this publication showcases nearly 1,500 results achieved by UNFPA in 2020, a year that challenged the organization to accelerate adaptation in order to enable results delivery in the scenario of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

The individual pages of this publication, as well as additional results from the Strategic Plan indicator framework, can be found in the UNFPA Transparency Portal.

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COVID-19 Lockdown Africa Youth Diaries

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The UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office through its flagship programme for youth, Safeguard Young People (SYP), as part of the response to COVID-19 engaged young people in the region to find out how they were coping with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The #YouthandCOVID19 project was launched in May with the aim of sharing best practices among the youth and to expose them to the many interventions and responses to COVID-19 that UNFPA and its partners have put in place during this time. A call to action was shared via the SYP social media platforms and among the youth on the programme's database whereby young people were invited to share their experiences through documentation of their own diaries.

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Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, Midwives Save Lives

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Pregnancy and childbirth are normal and healthy states that most women, couples and families aspire to experience at some point in their lives. However, this life-affirming process also carries the risk of death and disability. Reducing maternal mortality and morbidity remains at the centre of national and international commitments.

Worldwide, the maternal mortality ratio has declined over the past two decades, yet an estimated 295,000 women still die each year due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth, a fourth of which (26 per cent) occurs in the East and Southern Africa region (77,000 maternal deaths per year). Most of these deaths could be avoided if preventive measures are taken and adequate care is availed when needed.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, disrupting maternal and newborn care across the region, UNFPA in East and Southern Africa is working with its partners to reduce the negative impacts of the outbreak and to ensure continuity in sexual and reproductive health services. We stand by our unsung heroes to make sure that they are motivated and working in an enabling environment; that they are properly educated and trained to global standards; and that governments are also committed to fulfilling the ICPD promise to millions of women children and adolescents for universal sexual and reproductive health rights.

The aim of these personal stories from midwives and the findings in this report are to stimulate policy discussions and enable evidence-based decision-making at national and subnational levels, to help countries meet their commitments towards the reduction of preventable maternal death, and to ensure that women and girls fully realize their right to sexual and reproductive health care.

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The State of the World's Midwifery 2021

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The State of the World’s Midwifery 2021 builds on previous reports in the SoWMy series and represents an unprecedented effort to document the whole world’s Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health workforce, with a focus on midwives. It calls for urgent investment in midwives to enable them to fulfil their potential.

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