The National Malaria Programme with the guidance of WHO undertook a comprehensive Malaria Programme Review in October 2017. The purpose of the programme review was to undertake evidence-based appraisal of the country ‘s malaria situation as well as, access progress and performance of the current National Malaria Programme with a view to identify major achievements, emerging critical issues and challenges in order to strengthen the programme performance for better results and impact towards malaria elimination.

Following this review, the National Malaria Programme undertook the development of the National Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan as the current plan 2014- 2018 is coming to an end on March 31st 2018.  The National Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan Development Workshop was held on the 1th – 16th March 2018. The workshop drew participation from stakeholders such as civil society, academia, national government and local government (DHMTs) and development partners.

The strategic plan will be a blueprint for elimination of malaria in Botswana, which is a country that is targeting to eliminate malaria by 2020. Botswana is also among the WHO‘s twenty (20) countries in the world which are targeted to eliminate malaria by 2020 and it is also among the SADC E8 ‘s four (4) frontline countries in Southern Africa aiming to eliminate malaria by 2020.

 

Image: Participants at the National Malaria Elimination Strategic Planning Workshop- Maun, Botswana.