Population: 2 million people
Languages: Setswana, English
Botswana is one of Africa’s success stories. It has remained a peaceful democracy since independence in 1966. It is almost corruption-free and has very little violent crime.
Approximately 38% of the land is dedicated to protected national parks and reserves. The Kalahari desert, Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park are the largest wildlife areas.
Botswana is home to the worlds biggest concentration of African elephants, with the highest concentration being in Chobe National Park.
Botswana is the worlds biggest diamond producing country in terms of value and the second biggest in terms of production. They produce about 17,7% of the total world production of diamonds. Diamonds count for nearly half of the governments value which enables every child in Botswana to receive free education up to the age of 13!
Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. 10% of people live in the capital, otherwise people live in small villages scattered about the country.
The biggest challenge faced by the country is the HIV epidemic. Botswana has the 3rd highest prevalence rate in the world – now around 30%. Much of Tori’s work is focused on caring for HIV associated skin disease. Most people don’t think dermatology is that important – but skin diseases are a huge problem in developing countries and contribute hugely to quality of life. Tori is able to not only improve lives but give life saving care to people with advanced skin malignancies, deadly infections and severe autoimmune diseases.