Botswana is located in the heart of Southern Africa, located just north of South Africa. It has a small population spread over a vast area, the capital Gaborone has a population of around 250,000. Economic growth in the country is strong, underpinned by a significant diamond industry, and the country has a stable and democratically elected government.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given its neighbours, cricket was started in the country by expatriates from South Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Botswana was elected to the ICC as an affiliate member in 2001, and there are currently over 8,000 active players in the country. Botswana is a member of the African Cricket Association, the national team are currently in Division Six of the ICC World Cricket League.
Botswana has been hit hard by AIDS. In 2009 there were an estimated 300,000 adults living with HIV; or one quarter of the population aged 15 and over. The country has an estimated adult HIV prevalence among 15-49 year olds of 24.8%, the second highest in the world.
As a result, our work in Botswana very much focuses on the HIV health messages. There is good national access to testing and treatment, but HIV knowledge among young people remains dangerously low, with fewer than 50% of people aged 15-24 able to correctly answer basic questions in relation to HIV. HIV prevention knowledge is particularly low among young males.
These stories from Botswana are drawn from our volunteers’ project blogs – click through to read about the critical work we do tackling HIV in this country, alongside stories of cricket development and Botswanan adventures.
Botswana Autumn 2016
1st - 15th Oct
Botswana Autumn 2013
19th Oct - 2nd Nov
Botswana Autumn 2010
19th Oct - 1st Nov
Botswana Autumn 2009
20th Oct - 1st Nov
350, 000 Botswanans
On antiretroviral treatment