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SRHR and HIV Linkages Indicator Baseline Survey Report

Responding to global calls on national governments to intensify linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV at all levels the Africa region echoed similar sentiments through the ‘Maputo Plan of Action’ pleading with African states to “strengthen commitment towards achieving universal access to SRH services, including family planning. In pursuit of the same course, the African Union and Southern African Development Community adopted the plan of action in 2006 and 2010, respectively. The SADC region set itself a 50% target in reducing e new HIV infections by 2015. To achieve the target Botswana has enlisted the support of the European Union (EU), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Joint Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) through instrumentation of the Ministry of Health (MoH) to conduct preliminary assessments on the linkages to inform plans in scaling up the linkages. This baseline survey was the second assessment that was conducted at national level, following a rapid assessment that sought to establish the national status of the service linkages. The survey was intended to determine the degree of attainment of indicators that were proposed for the implementation of envisaged SRHR and HIV linkages.