Mass Elephant Die-Off Caused by Cyanobacteria, Officials Say
Tests point to a toxic algal bloom that might have led to the unprecedented deaths of hundreds of African elephants in Botswana earlier this year, but the evidence isn't conclusive. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - September 23, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Botswana: Sekgoma Memorial Ready for Use
[The Patriot] The Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development Mmusi Kgafela handed over the Old Sekgoma Memorial refurbishment Project to the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Serowe on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana says it has solved mystery of mass elephant die-off
Elephants may have ingested toxins produced by bacteria found in waterholesHundreds of elephants died in Botswana earlier this year from ingesting toxins produced by cyanobacteria, according to government officials who say they will be testing waterholes for algal blooms next rainy season to reduce the risk of another mass die-off.Themysterious death of 350 elephants in the Okavango delta between May and June baffled conservationists, withleading theories suggesting they were killed by a rodent virus known as EMC (encephalomyocarditis) or toxins from algal blooms.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Phoebe Weston Tags: Environment Animals World news Botswana Africa Conservation Zoology Biology Science Zimbabwe Source Type: news

Botswana: Pandemic Boosts Cleaning Chemicals Company Sales
[Botswana Daily News] Serinane -- A Serinane based company, 39 cleaning Chemicals, is enjoying its share of profits due to COVID-19 pandemic which is giving it the much-needed boost. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 16, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: We Shouldn't Be Made to Feel Ashamed of Menstruation, a Normal and Essential Process
[UNFPA] Kenathata Moisakamo was too ashamed to tell her parents that she had started menstruating because of her peers' stories that periods indicate when a girl becomes sexually active. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 12, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Official Expresses Worry About Non-Compliance
[Botswana Daily News] Lobatse -- Lack of adherence to COVID-19 regulations by the community could have caused the recent rise in cases, an official of Lobatse District Health Management Team (DHMT) Mr Gaosenye Lechaena, has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Basket Weavers Trust Closes Shop
[Botswana Daily News] Maun -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Ngamiland Basket Weavers Trust (NBWT) to close shop. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Some Public Offices Non-Compliant
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- The presidential COVID-19 task team has expressed concern about some government departments that flout the COVID-19 health protocols. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Ministry Aims to Reduce Maternal Deaths
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- Ministry of Health and Wellness aims to have reduced the maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100 000 live births by 2030 as per the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target of the World Health Organisation (WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 7, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Botswana: Target Testing Preferable
[Botswana Daily News] Jwaneng -- Botswana's decision to focus on target testing rather than community testing was informed by scientific findings that coronavirus was highly dynamic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Contact Tracing On for Six Kang Cases
[Botswana Daily News] Hukuntsi -- Contact tracing is ongoing following the registration of six COVID-19 cases in Kang as at August 31, Kgalagadi north district health management coordinator has revealed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Jwaneng to Conduct Covid-19 Testing At Hotspots
[Botswana Daily News] Jwaneng -- Jwaneng Deputy District Commissioner, Mr Lesang Kgomoetsile has said COVID-19 testing will be conducted at some public places considered to be hotspots, as cases surge, in the tiny mining town. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 2, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Preparedness of civil society in Botswana to advance disability inclusion in programmes addressing gender-based and other forms of violence against women and girls with disabilities - Hanass-Hancock J, Mthethwa N, Molefhe M, Keakabetse T.
BACKGROUND: In low-income and middle-income countries women and girls with disabilities are more likely to experience violence than those without disabilities. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and disabled people's organisations (DPOs) can help to add... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Botswana: Greater Selebi Phikwe Manages Seven Covid-19 Cases
[Botswana Daily News] Selebi Phikwe -- There are currently seven confirmed COVID-19 cases with two recoveries in greater Selebi Phikwe, Bobonong Primary Hospital chief medical officer Dr Enock Mulomba told Bobirwa Sub-council yesterday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 26, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Covid-19 Affects Ministerial Projects
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted on project implementation in the construction industry, which has resulted in project delays. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 24, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Study Finds Painting Eyes On Cows' Butts Can Save Their Lives
Researchers in Botswana have found that painting large eyes on the rear ends of cows wards off predators. They hope that fewer attacks will reduce livestock losses. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Botswana: Church Explores Ways to Tackle Covid-19
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- The Christian community has been exploring ways of recovering from adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Suicidal ligature strangulation utilizing doubled cable ties - a case report - Mugoma S, Phokedi GN.
The Botswana Police Pathology unit records show that a total of 368 cases of suicide were reported between 2016 and 2019. A total of 367 of these cases were suicide by hanging while only 1 was of suicide by self-strangulation. Literature shows that suicida... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Returning Citizens Fuelling Covid-19 in Zvishavane - MP
[New Zimbabwe] Cirizens who have skipped mandatory Covid-19 quarantine and testing while returning from neighbouring countries such as Botswana and South Africa have been accused of fuelling the spread of the disease in Zvishavane. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 13, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Pandemic Affects HIV Self Testing Roll-Out Plan
[Botswana Daily News] Serowe -- The COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed Serowe District Health Management Team (DHMT) efforts to roll out distribution of HIV self-test kits. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Botswana: Breastfed Babies Disease Resistant
[Botswana Daily News] Mahalapye -- Mothers have been encouraged to breastfeed their babies so that the pandemic may find them strong and healthy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 7, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Featured Review: Digital contact tracing technologies in epidemics: a rapid review
Are digital contact tracing technologies effective during infectious disease outbreaks?Why is this question important?The global COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of accurate and timely contact tracing. Contact tracing tells people that they may have been near someone with - or showing symptoms of - an infectious disease, allowing them to self-isolate and helping to stop the spread of infection. Traditionally, contact tracing begins with notification that someone has an infectious disease. They are asked to recall their contacts, going back two to three days before symptom onset. This is time-consuming and may no...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 5, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Botswana: No Court Hearings During Lockdown Except Urgent Ones
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- With effect from August 3, there were no court hearings except for urgent applications. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 5, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Data Collection Remains Challenge - Burton
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- Due to COVID-19 health protocols, data collection has remained the greatest challenge for Statistics Botswana. This was revealed by Statistician General, Dr Burton Mguni at the ongoing COVID-19 updates on the impact of the pandemic on his organisation's operations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Front Liners Appeal for Compliance
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- Many firefighters have seen the horrors of raging fires destroying homes and forests. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Botswana Registers Second Covid-19 Death
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- COVID-19 Presidential Task Team has announced the death of a 72 year old man due to coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Improving the quality of care for female rape survivors at Scottish Livingstone Hospital, Molepolole, Botswana: a quality improvement cycle - Debley OA, Malan Z.
BACKGROUND: Rape is prevalent in Botswana, but there has been limited research undertaken to improve the quality of healthcare for female rape survivors in this clinical setting. Research can not only influence the health outcomes of victims but also has t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Botswana: Hotels Reel From COVID-19 Impact
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- The hospitality industry in Botswana, like so many others, is doing everything it can to stay afloat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with its resultant travel restrictions and lockdown measures. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: HIV Study Compares Pill With Injection
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- About 91 Batswana have enrolled in the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN 084) (LIFE) study undertaken by Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 7, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Botswana: Tsogwane Commends Good Conduct
[Botswana Daily News] Francistown -- The Vice President, Mr Slumber Tsogwane has given Batswana a pat on the back for observing health protocols aimed at fighting coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Govt Working On COVID-19 Recovery Plan
[Botswana Daily News] Francistown -- The Vice President, Mr Slumber Tsogwane says despite prioritising the fight against COVID-19, government will not ignore other challenges fronting the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: President in Fourth Quarantine
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is in self-quarantine following discovery of a positive COVID-19 test result of one of officers serving closely under him who tested positive on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: National Community Testing Not Yet Possible
[Botswana Daily News] Tutume -Government has not yet arrived at a decision to conduct national community testing for COVID-19, vice president Mr Slumber Tsogwane has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: President Masisi in Quarantine
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is in self-quarantine following discovery of a positive COVID-19 test result on one of officers serving closely under him. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 2, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Border Jumpers Haunt Ramotswa
[Botswana Daily News] Ramotswa -The unlawful movement by some Ramotswa residents and those of neighbouring villages in South Africa poses a major risk of the spread of COVID-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 2, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Class Subdivision Necessitates Hiring of Extra Teachers
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Ministry of Basic Education has embarked on an exercise to hire more teachers as a way of addressing overcrowding in classrooms in line with COVID - 19 protocols. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 30, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Botswana: High Demand Sparks Scarcity
[Botswana Daily News] Kanye -Vice President Mr Slumber Tsogwane says that the outbreak of coronavirus has led to high demand of medical equipment throughout the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Disease Containment to Determine Opening of Economy - VP
[Botswana Daily News] Kanye -The Vice President Mr Slumber Tsogwane says easing of movement restrictions and opening the economy is determined by COVID-19 containment and management. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Govt Pushes for Truck Drivers' Mandatory Testing
[Botswana Daily News] Ghanzi -The Vice President, Mr Slumber Tsogwane, says Botswana wishes that SADC member states could make it mandatory to test truck drivers at points of entry. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Maun Schools Outline Their Preparedness
[Botswana Daily News] Maun -Schools in Maun shared their preparedness to re-open during a tour by Vice President, Mr Slumber Tsogwane and the District Emergency Operations Centre Team. The June 11 tour was to appreciate the district's response to COVID-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Capital City Back on COVID-19 Lockdown
[VOA] Botswana's director of health services, Dr Malaki Tshipayagae, announced Friday that the capital, Gaborone, will return to extreme lockdown after eight new COVID-19 cases at a private hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 14, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Govt Addresses Truck Driver Concerns
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Solutions to problems experienced by truck drivers ferrying goods into and through Botswana have been effectuated though it took some time, Dr Kereng Masupu has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 12, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mixture and migration brought food production to sub-Saharan Africa
(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) A new interdisciplinary study published in the journal Science Advances reports on 20 newly sequenced ancient genomes from sub-Saharan Africa, including the first genomes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, and Uganda. The study documents the coexistence, movements, interactions and admixture of diverse human groups during the spread of food production in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Over 300 Ex-Convict Returnees Becoming Violent During Quarantine - Govt
[New Zimbabwe] The government says some ex-convicts are part of Zimbabweans returning from South Africa and Botswana were exhibiting violent tendencies at quarantine centres leading some returnees to abscond from the mandatory exercise. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: 'We Used to Worry Just About Delivering Healthy Babies and Being Good Mothers' - Pregnancy in a Time of COVID-19
[UNFPA] Gaborone -It is a particularly difficult time to be pregnant. The last thing any woman would want is to bring her child into a world of uncertainty, but that's exactly what pregnant women around the world are facing right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 9, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Botswana: Adherence Critical in Fight Against Pandemic - VP Tsogwane
[Botswana Daily News] Motopi -The Vice President Mr Slumber Tsogwane has said complying with COVID-19 regulations is the only way out. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 8, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana: Alcohol Ban Possible
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Batswana have been warned that irresponsible behaviour associated with alcohol consumption would lead to the reimposition of the ban. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Namibia: Border Post Runs Out of COVID-19 Test Kits
[New Era] The Mamuno border post in Botswana has run out of confirmatory testing kits, which are used for testing of truck drivers for coronavirus, putting Namibia's fight against Covid-19 in jeopardy. Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat (TKCS) executive director Leslie Mpofu confirmed the developments yesterday. Mpofu said both Botswana and the Namibian authorities met on Saturday at the Mamuno border gate to be briefed about the situation at hand. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 2, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UM School of Medicine's Institute of Human Virology awarded grants for COVID-19
(University of Maryland School of Medicine) The Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (Ciheb) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute of Human Virology was awarded $4 million from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response activities in Botswana, Nigeria, Malawi, and Mozambique. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Botswana: HIV+ Zimbabweans' Lives in Danger As Lockdown Cuts Drug Supplies
[New Zimbabwe] HIV positive Zimbabweans living in countries such as South Africa and Botswana face health-related challenges due to failure to access their anti-retroviral therapy because of travel restrictions imposed under the neighbours' lockdowns. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 1, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news