About BONELA

Making the right to health a reality in Botswana.

As a non-governmental organization, we have been working in the field of HIV/AIDS response, through the lens of human rights since our inception in 2002. However, noting the progress made in Botswana with regard to this sector, and Botswana’s shifting environment in relation to inequality and social exclusion, this has led to a repositioning of our focus.

It is clear that in today’s context, several challenges have unraveled, relating to the access and protection of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in addition to the issues around TB/HIV that remain. This is situated in the rampant rates of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and other human rights violations that our vulnerable groups (women, children, people with disability (PWDs), people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIV), LGBTI+ persons, migrant workers, sex workers and prisoners) continue to face daily, in their pursuit of health services.

In light of this, we find ourselves uniquely placed to provide a solution from the broader perspective of the right to health and human rights. We are at the cutting edge of advocating for the rights based approach to the provision of health services and we continue to organize the various components of the community to promote, protect and fulfill the human rights of all without distinction.

“We still have a long away to go to engage all opposing factions, be it our religions community, our cultural community — we need to engage them and educate them about the need to be tolerant.”

Cindy Kelemi, BONELA Executive Director

Our Impact
As a network focused health and human rights, in our strategic period 2017-2021,
we have accomplished the following:

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Our Work

SRHR GBV TB/HIV Human Rights