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Organization Contact Information

Name: Botswana Labour Migrants Association
Street 1: Hospital Way
Street 2:
City: Gaborone
Province:
Post Code:
Country: Botswana
Phone: +267 3906998
Email: admin.ditshwanelo@info.bw
Web Site:

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr
First Name: Kitso
Last Name: Phiri
Title: Coordinator
Email: kpxphiri@gmail.com
Phone: +267 72877854

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mrs
First Name: Basiami
Last Name: Moalafi
Title:  
Email: admin.ditshwanelo@info.bw
Phone: + 267 71831815

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: International
Organization Description:
Mission of the organization is to advocate for the rights of labour migrants. The organisation seeks to assist miners access their social security benefits most of which involve occupational compensation from mines.

Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death amongst ex-miners who worked in the mining industry. And also contributes to the socio-economic status of ex-miners.

Lobby government to consolidate health, labour and mines department involved in health and safety into one. Mobilize community adherence outreach programmes for members of BoLAMA. Advocate for the implementation of legal and national health policies that combat TB.
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 1 - 5
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 0
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? Unable to disclose amount
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Attendance at a TB related event
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Resource mobilization
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
Providing information on TB amongst migrant ex-miners to Government research activities and other inter-governmental agencies including regional economic communities, development partners such as the world bank. Lobby government to ratify and/or domestic regional and international instruments that will inform the establishment of a National Occupational Health and Safety Policy. Consolidation of a ministerial departments that focus on the elimination of TB, COMMUNITY campaigns on TB in mining communities.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Botswana
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: African
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
South Africa

Specializations

Advocacy

Specializations in Countries

Advocacy South Africa

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
On the 19th June 2015, the Ministry of Health held a stakeholders workshop to assess the rapid assessment on TB in the Mining Sector. The preliminary findings indicated that health facilities in the mines were lacking equipment and most miners were not employing mine health facilities to receive treatment. Issues of stigma and fear of retrenchment loamed. The Association intends to raise awareness by educating current miners in Botswana through those who are no longer working on the importance of adherence. Also encourage employers in the mining sector to replace old equipment with new ones to allow those providing health care to fulfil their mandate.

TB-HIV:
TB/HIV are common amongst mine workers. Campaigns on wellness in the world of work need to be conducted to sensitize miners on the seriousness of co-infection. In instances were compensation issues are concerned, employers tend to rely on the pathogenesis of the disease if there is co-infection to escape liability to compensate for occupational diseases contracted. Botswana has the highest recorded cases of HIV and AIDS and TB is not far behind. It important that adherence is encouraged to those that are already infected and for associations like ours to be spearheading such campaigns as we are working with communities who are affected by these diseases.

Laboratory Strengthening:
In Botswana diagnosis of TB and other occupational disease for purposes of compensation takes time. Further, financial restrictions which has a direct impact on the technical resources available like laboratory personnel hinders proper diagnosis. Capacity in terms of the work load, exposes laboratory findings to be suspect. The Association therefore intends to directly liaise with the Medical Bureau of Occupational Diseases in South Africa in order to convey ex-miners to acquire direct examination from world class facilities. In that case we do not risk sputum samples being mis-diagnosed at the laboratory testing stage.

Encourage Government to lessen its reliance on donor funding and look to mobilize resources internally to fund and strengthen laboratories in Botswana.

Declaration

Declaration of interests:
None whatsoever.

Application date: June 23, 2015
Last updated: July 22, 2015