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Motherhood in Childhood: The Untold Story

Motherhood in Childhood: The Untold Story

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This report examines trends in adolescent childbearing using techniques that focus on the most vulnerable girls, such as child mothers, girls with repeat adolescent childbearing, and births that occur in dangerously quick succession. In using these new measures, it uncovers the untold story of more than 50 years of adolescent childbearing in the world’s low- and middle-income countries.

The new measures reveal that the issue is not just about whether or not a girl gives birth in adolescence but if, when and how many births she experiences. That is, adolescent childbearing comprises three fundamental and interconnected fertility processes: (i) the timing of a first adolescent birth, (ii) the spacing between adolescent births and (iii) the quantity or total number of births to each adolescent mother.

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Accelerating Progress Towards Contraception For All

Accelerating Progress Towards Contraception For All

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This Policy Brief stems from key findings and recommendations of a strategic assessment on unintended pregnancy, contraception and unsafe abortion in Botswana. The Strategic Assessment was completed in 2020 as the first of three stages in the WHO-sponsored Strategic Approach to Strengthening Reproductive Health Policies and Programmes. The main aim of the Strategic Assessment was to identify and prioritise needs and potential follow-up actions related to critical sexual and reproductive health issues, specifically: the reduction of unintended and unwanted pregnancies; the unmet need for contraception; morbidity and mortality related to the unsafe termination of pregnancy; and the integration of HIV and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

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A multifaceted approach to prevent unsafe abortion

A multifaceted approach to prevent unsafe abortion

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This Policy Brief stems from key findings and recommendations of a strategic assessment on unintended pregnancy, contraception and unsafe abortion in Botswana. The Strategic Assessment was completed in 2020 as the first of three stages in the WHO-sponsored Strategic Approach to Strengthening Reproductive Health Policies and Programmes. The main aim of the Strategic Assessment was to identify and prioritise needs and potential follow-up actions related to critical sexual and reproductive health issues, specifically: the reduction of unintended and unwanted pregnancies; the unmet need for contraception; morbidity and mortality related to the unsafe termination of pregnancy; and the integration of HIV and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

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Reducing Unintended Pregnancy

Reducing Unintended Pregnancy

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This Policy Brief stems from key findings and recommendations of a strategic assessment on unintended pregnancy, contraception and unsafe abortion in Botswana. The Strategic Assessment was completed in 2020 as the first of three stages in the WHO-sponsored Strategic Approach to Strengthening Reproductive Health Policies and Programmes. The main aim of the Strategic Assessment was to identify and prioritise needs and potential follow-up actions related to critical sexual and reproductive health issues, specifically: the reduction of unintended and unwanted pregnancies; the unmet need for contraception; morbidity and mortality related to the unsafe termination of pregnancy; and the integration of HIV and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

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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

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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Synthesis Report-Government of Botswana / United Nations Population Fund 6th COUNTRY PROGRAMME 2017-2021

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This is a summary of the report on the rapid assessment of the Government of Botswana / United Nations Population Fund (GoB/UNFPA) 6th Country Programme covering all interventions at a national and subnational level between 1 January 2017 and 30 September 2020. The assessment aims to enhance UNFPA accountability and inform the design of the next country programme by identifying the enablers and barriers to implementation, the lessons learned, and recommendations to consider for the next programme. The assessment was structured around the two evaluation criteria of effectiveness and relevance. A mixed-methods approach was used, including a review of strategic planning documents, national policy and planning documents and products of the 6th Country Programme and performance review reports. Data triangulation was conducted through key informant interviews and focus group discussions guided by the evaluation questions. Stakeholders were selected according to the criteria stipulated in the UNFPA Handbook for Evaluation 2018 and included the country office team, some of UNFPA’s key partner ministries, including the ministries of Health and Wellness (MoHW) and Finance and Economic Development (MFED), young people, academia, and civil society organizations.

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