GABORONE, 23 December 2020 – A panel of researchers and scientists in Botswana have called on the government to build a knowledge base of future and present disease threats.

The panel which met virtually regretted that the government has discounted research in development planning.

Emulate the examples set by South and Kenya, health scientist and public health researcher, Taelo Morapedi, said during the discussions.

Beating Future Viruses – Photo James Lind Institute

The panel discussed how Botswana and other African countries can get better in fighting viruses like the new coronavirus.

Most African countries, including nations with high per capita income – such as Botswana, Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius – spend less than 10 percent of their GDP in public health, according to data from the World Health Organization.

Botswana was one of the first countries on the continent between 2014 and 2019 to put people living with HIV on universal free antiretroviral treatment.

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