Botswana is classified as an upper-middle-income country, with an annual GDP of more than $17,000, according to World Bank estimates. The government is spending significant resources on health, as evidenced by the fact that the government’s health budget exceeds the “Abuja target” of 15 % of total government expenditures on health. But significant inequities in access to health services persist, and families continue to suffer from preventable and treatable health conditions.
A priority for the Government of Botswana is to develop a health financing strategy – with the goal of sustaining HIV care and treatment. The question is how to achieve the principles of financial protection, equity, and quality with the provision of essential HIV and health services that ensures government affordability and long-term sustainability.
For the past year, the HFG project has been working with Botswana’s Ministry of Health to develop a comprehensive health financing strategy.
Video created by Cheyenne Cook for the USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance Project.
Video footage: Jonathan Cali | Music: Casiotone Waltz – Nic Bommarito