During his official visit to Botswana to attend the 73rd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited the Julia Molefhe Clinic in Gaborone, Botswana. This visit was part of his broader mission to assess and appreciate healthcare systems and initiatives Botswana has made towards improving its health sector.
The hospital, which serves a population of at least 27,000 people in Botswana’s capital Gaborone, is a shining example of the country’s commitment to advancing healthcare and a testament to Botswana’s strategic investment in health care infrastructure. The health facility provides health care services such as sexual and reproductive health services as well as community outreach programmes to beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Dr Tedros praised Botswana’s efforts in bolstering its healthcare system, underscoring the importance of such initiatives in ensuring equitable healthcare access for all.
“Botswana is a living example of how investment in primary health care pays off.”WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Botswana’s remarkable success in investing in primary health care stands as a testament to its visionary approach to public health. By allocating a significant portion of its budget to healthcare infrastructure, Botswana has established a robust network of clinics, hospitals, and medical facilities nationwide. Through allocating resources and a strong commitment to community well-being, the country has achieved significant advancements in public health care. By establishing an extensive network of primary health care facilities, focusing on preventive measures, and ensuring essential services are readily available, the government of Botswana has made significant strides towards advancing access to health care for its people.
Source: WHO | Regional Office for Africa