With the forging of a new partnership between health and innovation organisations in Botswana and Switzerland, health research in Botswana has received a boost. The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH), a government-owned innovation centre, and the Geneva-based Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), signed a memorandum of understanding to promote health research and development.
The MoU sets out that the two organisations will work together towards the development of an HIV/AIDS centre of expertise at the Gaborone hub. Director of Cluster Development at the BIH, Budzani Tacheba, said that through its wide range of support services, the HIV/AIDS centre would have a positive impact on ordinary Botswanans, both directly and indirectly. The new partnership will also mobilise funds for research and innovation, and work to plug health reesearch and development gaps — such as in biotechnology — through both virtual and actual engagement platforms.