Sharing the expertise of a world-class university with our partners in Botswana to build capacity and excellence in clinical care, education, and research.

  • A Botswana-UPenn Partnership faculty member examines a pediatric patient. Photo by Ryan Littman-Quinn

  • A Penn medical student rotating in Mochudi observes a physician at work. Photo by Ryan Littman-Quinn

  • Residents help staff a busy dermatology clinic at Princess Marina Hospital 2-3 days a week. Photo by Ryan Littman-Quinn

  • The Botswana-UPenn Partnership is helping to write new clinical guidelines for patient care in Botswana. Photo by Ryan Littman-Quinn

  • A group of health providers review how to spot TB in a chest x-ray. Photo by Ryan Littman-Quinn

  • Healthcare workers attending a telemedicine training session. Cell phones are used to help make clinical diagnosis and obtain health information. Photo by Ryan Littman-Quinn

  • BUP's tuberculosis contract tracing program aims to break the transmission cycle of TB in Botswana. Eric Rankae interviews a woman in Old Naledi whose sone was admitted to hospital with TB. Photo by Ryan Littman-Quinn


                                  Messages from the BUP Directors



The University of Pennsylvania has developed productive and meaningful partnerships with the Botswana Ministry of Health and the University of Botswana. Our approach has been to endorse the tripartite mission of a medical school, which includes providing outstanding medical care while teaching about the diseases we are seeing and researching the issues that are most relevant to the country. The Botswana-UPenn Partnership has provided outstanding opportunities for Penn students and faculty to learn about health care management and disease presentations in resource constrained settings and to experience life in a wonderful yet very different culture. As we look to the future, we hope to expand our commitment beyond HIV, TB and cervical cancer to non-communicable diseases that are high priorities for the country. We look to apply new technologies like telemedicine to help deliver improved healthcare to people living in remote regions of Botswana. I invite you to learn more about our work, make a donation to our program, or to contact us for questions or comments. Harvey Friedman, MD Director, Botswana-UPenn Partnership, Philadelphia

Dr. Harvey


Map, Botswana

Country Director
           Dr. Doreen  Ramogola-Masire


Doreen Ramogola Masire



                                              BUP Announcements

You're invited!

BUP Meet & Greet At Penn

Come eat, drink, and mingle with various student, staff, and faculty of the BUP community and meet our two visiting guests, Doreen Ramogola-Masire (BUP in-country Director) and Prof. Otlogetswe Totolo (Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UB).

Please RSVP to Cordelia Biddle at

 Where:  14th floor lounge of BRB

When: Weds. Sept 17th from 3-4pm

Food and drinks provided.



Notice Regarding Ebola Virus Disease

August 1, 2014

The University of Pennsylvania and the Botswana-UPenn Partnership are closely monitoring the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.  

The outbreak is currently in three countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone with reports of a single case in Nigeria. There are no reported cases to date in Botswana or in the Southern Africa region. If there is any evidence that the virus has spread beyond West Africa to the Southern Africa region, the Botswana-UPenn Partnership will immediately take all necessary steps to secure Penn student and trainee health. This would include postponing or canceling planned trips to Botswana by Penn students, residents, faculty and staff as well as returning any Penn travelers in Botswana to Philadelphia.

The University of Pennsylvania partners with International SOS, the leading medical assistance, international healthcare and security assistance company to keep up-to-date information on emergent health and safety concerns around the world. International SOS provides evacuation assistance in the event of medical or civil emergencies. (Penn ISOS ID: 11BSGC000012). Current information from International SOS regarding Ebola is available here:

Additional information on Ebola is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

All Botswana-UPenn Partnership programs will continue as planned at this time. If the situation changes we will immediately notify affected travelers. Questions can be directed to Dr. Harvey Friedman (, Professor of Medicine/Infectious Disease and Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. Dr. Friedman will be in Botswana from Aug 7 to Aug 25, 2014 and will be monitoring the Ebola situation first-hand.  


Botswana-UPenn Partnership Position Opening
Faculty Physician Specialist: Cancer Care & Research

We seek a motivated physician with experience working in a limited resource setting to join the Botswana-UPenn Partnership to lead and grow our efforts in cancer care and cancer-related research in Botswana. We are particularly interested in someone trained in liquid oncology; however, applications from those trained in solid tumor oncology are also encouraged.

Job Title:

Faculty Physician Specialist: Cancer Care & Research

Position Type:

Full-time contract for 2 years (renewal contingent on funding and performance)

Position Location:

Gaborone, Botswana

Position Open:

November 1, 2014


Details and application instructions here.



University of Botswana: Posting for Multiple Faculty Vacancies

The University of Botswana ( is the largest and most prestigious institution of higher learning in Botswana. It has opened the country’s first School of Medicine and is establishing an adjacent new state-of-art 450-bed Academic Hospital. The first MBBS undergraduate intake was in August 2009. The School of Medicine is inviting applications at the level of Professor, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in multiple areas. The successful candidates will teach undergraduates and graduate students, conduct research and provide clinical care in affiliated hospitals. Consideration for appointment will take into account relevant qualifications, teaching, clinical and research experience. 

See the full vacancy announcement and learn more about what is needed to apply here.


  •                                               BUP Programs


  1.     Clinical Care



  1.         Research

RLQ Steenhoff with Patient   Trainees learning how to read a chest x-ray   BUP Staff discussing research

A combination of PEPFAR funds and research grants currently support approximately 60 full time physicians, nurses, social workers, and auxiliary health personnel working for Penn in Botswana.                                                BUP clinicians specialize in care for patients with HIV/AIDS and common co-morbidities, tuberculosis, pediatrics, malnutrition and cervical cancer.. (learn more)

  1. The BUP has two main medical education initiatives, one directed at medical students, trainees and Health Care Workers in Botswana, and another for Penn students and trainees.
  2. The first program is a collaboration with UB School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health, under MEPI (Medical Education Partnership Initiative)... (learn more)
  1. The BUP has 5 major NIH grants and many pilot projects funded by the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and others .                                                     BUP research clinicians contribute to the development of the Botswna Ministry of Health's National Guidelines.
  2. BUP-affiliated researchers in Botswana and at Penn have co-authored more than 85 scientific articles to date.. (learn more)
  1. (All photos by Ryan Littman-Quinn)
Program Documents

2013 BUP Year End Report

Frequently Asked Questions

BUP Program Overview


                       BUP Video: Telemedicine and mHealth in Botswana

We have a new video highlighting the work of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) Telemedicine and Health Informatics Capacity Building Program. Our program takes a multi-pronged, inter-disciplinary approach to developing integrated capacity with local partners in Botswana. Public-Private-Partnerships are essential to sustainably scaling mHealth initiatives, and Orange's commitment and investment as a telecom partner has been monumental to the progress of these mHealth initiatives in Botswana.

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                                    BUP Stuff: Online Shop

You can buy BUP-branded merchandise (hats! mug! shirts!) online here. Proceeds support our continued work.

BUP items for sale - hat, shirt, water bottle, etc.