Ogopoleng Batisi

As a female nurse and married Motswana woman, I bring a unique understanding of our local cultures and traditions, which has shaped my practice as a care provider for over 15 years. During this time, I worked in bedside nursing to ensure high-quality care by promoting international professional standards and positive client experiences. One of my key areas of expertise is healthy ageing and supporting older people. I have implemented interventions to reduce morbidity, complications, and mortality in general and implemented infection control measures. I have also led programs to improve staff morale by supporting their welfare and management strategies for more efficient and effective use of clinical resources, which are often scarce in many of our clinical settings.

My passion for improving nurse practice in Botswana led me to pursue a Master of Science in Nutrition. Science from November 2014 to February 2016, and a Doctorate in Gerontology and Public Health from February 2016 to December 2022, both from Atlantic International University. These advanced degrees equipped me with strong research skills, positioning me to contribute to evidence-based public policy for the elderly in the Botswana government.

In my role as a National Desk Officer for the Healthy and Active Ageing Program in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, I have made significant contributions to the development of policies and programs for older people in Botswana. I developed the Terms of References and supervised the appointments to the Technical Working Team and the Steering Committee of the Healthy and Active Ageing program between 2018 and 2019. During the fight against Covid-19, I managed nine quarantine sites from April to September 2020. I have led relevant situational analyses and coordinated the development of national strategies and policies for older people in Botswana, including the Healthy and Active Ageing Strategy and the Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) guidelines in 2022. I am currently coordinating work on the older people’s policy framework, collaborating with many other Government Ministries and bodies to maximize impact and avoid duplication of effort in this area.

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