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Home Based Care

The overall objective of Community Home Based Care is to provide quality care, counselling, psychosocial and spiritual support to the patients and their families in a home setting.

 Types of assistance

Food Basket

Patients receive food basket monthly that should be prescribed by Government Dietician or otherwise be derived from the existing CHBC standard food basket based on the condition of the disease and the nutritional needs of a eligible patient determines it.  There are mainly two types of patients, those on oral tube feeding and those not on oral tube feeding.

The cost of prescribed food basket for patients on oral tube feeding will be up to P1200.00 per month.

The cost food basket for patients not on oral tube feeding will be up to P500.00 per month.

The food basket determined by the dietician/ Medical Doctor should be reviewed after every 3 months, to monitor progress.


Transportation of needy CHBC patients’ checkups is coordinated and managed under the programme.  Vehicles purchased under the programme should be used for all transportation of the beneficiaries under this programme, through a joint venture of core service providers (Nurse/ Social Work) under the programme.


CHBC Coordinator and social worker should undertake repatriation of patients jointly.  A terminally ill patient should be accompanied by either a nurse or social worker depending on the condition of the patient.

Counselling is a crucial of the Community Home Based Care Social Safety net programme.  It is therefore embedded into the programme and must be carried out by the CHBC social worker at all costs.


Patients registered under this programme, recovering as a result of    proper counseling, eating correct diet, adhering to the ARV therapy and responsible living are obligated to enrol in rehabilitation programme as described under the “Guidelines for Implementation of the Rehabilitation Programme for the Destitute Persons”. The medical doctor report will determine participation on the rehabilitation programme.


Where there is a need registered CHBC patients who die while in the programme may be buried by council.  The conditions of the provision should be as   per the Revised National Policy on Destitute Persons of    2002. Budgeting for the funeral expenses of the CHBC patients is the responsibility of the CHBC Social Workers. 

Where can I get more information?

More information can be obtained from the Department of  Social  and Community Development from all Local Authorities or toll free numbers:


  • MLG Headquarters                     -   0800 600 718
  • Gaborone City Council               -    0800 600 061
  • Francistown City Council            -   0800 600 242
  • South East District Council         -   0800 600 795
  • Southern District Council            -   0800 600 776
  • Kweneng District Council            -   0800 600 794
  • Kgatleng District Council             -   0800 600 880
  • Lobatse Town Council                -   0800 600 876
  • Jwaneng Town Council              -    0800 600 765
  • Selibe Phikwe Town Council      -    0800 600 746
  • Sowa Town Council                    -   0800 600 754
  • Kgalagadi District Council           -   0800 600 793
  • Ghanzi District Council                -   0800 600 770
  • North West District Council         -   0800 600 792
  • North East District Council          -   0800 600 759
  • Chobe District Council                -   0800 600 875
  • Central District Council               -   0800 600 796

Or the Department of Social Services @ 3971916.


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