Botswana

Data for Impact (D4I) is assisting Botswana to map the referral network serving adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) at risk for acquiring HIV in Gaborone and Kweneng East. Effective referral among providers is critical to meet all needs for these women, which may include HIV testing and treatment, PrEP, family planning services, and care for survivors of gender-based violence. We are working with a local research partner to conduct the organizational network analysis for the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) program, funded by the United States President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Our study also includes focus group discussions and participatory mapping with AGYW in the two districts to understand their care-seeking biases and preferences for services. D4I has designed the study, is training the data collection team, piloting the study tools, and supervising the partner in data collection. D4I will lead data analysis and writing the study reports with the partner. This study will help Botswana strengthen its referral network for DREAMS services in these districts.