PMC began working in Botswana in 2000. The annual population growth rate is 1.68 percent, which unchanged means a doubling of the population in 42 years.
PMC provided a training for a radio serial drama in Botswana as Botswana was on the cusp of implementing many programs designed to inform and educate the populous about AIDS/HIV and other social issues. Botswana once had the world’s highest rate of HIV/AIDS, which led to programs such as this one designed to provide information about the diseases, how they are transmitted, and options for long-term care. PMC helped train writers and producers to create the radio serial drama, as well as advising on logistical and budgetary issues to help ensure success.
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Botswana is a country slightly larger than Kenya with a population of about 2 million, making it one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Botswana gained independence from Britain in 1966. At that time, it was one of the poorest countries in Africa, but now purchasing power for its population is among the fastest growing in the world. It is considered one of Africa’s most stable countries with a modest standard of living.
Although Botswana has simultaneously made huge strides in health and human rights, such as access to education, Botswana does still struggle particularly with malnutrition and AIDS/HIV. Approximately one quarter of children under five are stunted (25.9%) and adults have HIV/AIDS (24.8%). The two are related. Botswana has more than 50,000 orphans, many of whom have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. It’s estimated that 8.5 percent of children are involved in some form of child labor, often because of parents’ deaths or families having difficulty being able to feed their children.