Hand-Over Ceremony of the SRHR and HIV Linkages Project in Botswana

A handover ceremony of medical equipment was launched in Mochudi, Botswana, as part of the ‘SRHR and HIV Linkages Project’ which is supported by the European Union in seven South African countries. The project’s overall aim is helping these countries to overcome barriers to strengthening linkages between SRHR and HIV policies, programs and services.

At the handover event, Mr. Rigo Belpaire, the head of Botswana/EU Operations at the Delegation of the European Union, gave a key note about the importance of handing over equipment to the Ministry of Health and the District Health Management Team, and considered it the first steps in the process of change.

Mr. Belpaire emphasized on the importance of integrating SRH and HIV services and said that “it all boils down to creating a “one-stop-shop” for sexual and reproductive health”, while considering the government’s support and commitment through its health ministries a cornerstone and a success factor in this whole process of services’ integration. He also shared some of the project’s results at other countries stating that “integrated services had led to and an increase in contraceptive use, as well as an increase in VCT (voluntary counselling and testing) – among other things”. He added that integrated services support the progress on the Millennium Development Goals through reducing maternal and child mortality rates specifically those related to HIV infections and AIDS.

Mr. Belpaire concluded that integrated SRH and HIV services will help “reduce stigma and discrimination, promote better health outcomes, lead to an improved service delivery and a greater client satisfaction…”. “The European Union is proud to be associated with this, and for me, this is a true win-win opportunity and really a ‘no-brainer’ ” he added.

 

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