MVA Fund hosted a stakeholder engagement forum on 5th November 2021 which attracted 40 stakeholders from organisations such as Botswana Police Service, Department of Road Transport & Safety, Department of Roads, Offices of the District Commissioners for Gaborone, Lobatse, Ramotswa, Mogoditshane, Lentsweletau, and Thamaga, Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport & Culture Development, Ministry of Basic Education, and NGOs.
The forum was held under the theme “Information Sharing Key to Effective Road Safety Partnerships” The objective of the forum was to create a platform where road safety stakeholders would come together and share critical information that would enhance future planning for road safety. The event was officially opened by MVA Fund Board Acting Chairperson Ms. Prescilla Gower.
Information shared included the road safety situation in Botswana, highlights of the 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, the Safe Systems Approach, update on legislative changes & data systems improvement, road infrastructure improvement and collaboration with civil society. Stakeholders appreciated the information shared and provided recommendations for further improvement of road safety in Botswana.
The event was followed by the launch of First Aid Awareness programme which was co-produced by MVA Fund, Botswana Chamber of Mines, and Botswana Red Cross Society. The programme is aimed at sensitising the public about how to render first assistance to victims of road crashes at the crash scene. It was graced by various media houses.