About Botswana

Key facts

Botswana is a country located in southern Africa, slightly smaller in size than Texas. The capital is Gaborone (where the hospital is located).

Botswana’s population is 1.8 million, the majority of whom are of Setswana ethnicity.

Four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most dynamic economies in Africa.

  • One of the world's highest economic growth rates, though growth slowed to 4.7% annually in 2006-07
  • Transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country with a per capita GDP of nearly $15,000 in 2007
  • Ranked as the best credit risk in Africa
  • Diamond mining accounts for more than one-third of GDP and for 70-80% of export earnings

Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection (~25 - 37% of the population), but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.