• pediatric patient

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

  • physician at work

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

  • TB in a chest x-ray

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

  • dermatology clinic

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

  • clinical guidelines for patient care

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

  • telemedicine training session

    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

  • TB interview

    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 son was admitted to hospital with TB. Photo by Ryan Littman-Quinn


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

Special Announcements

Note for Travelers: New $30 Conservation Fee Due on Arrival in Botswana

Botswana instituted a $30 conservation tax on all tourists entering the country beginning June 1 in an effort to raise money to support conservation payable at the point of entry. Residents of countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be exempt from the charge.

We're Hiring: BUP Director in Gaborone

The Center for Global Health at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the position of Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP). The Director is based in Gaborone, Botswana and will lead and develop BUP in all aspects including strategic planning, operations, fiscal management and reporting, and staff and faculty oversight and development. Applicants for the position must have a PhD and/or MD; a distinguished record in biomedical and/or clinical research; a commitment to education and mentorship of students, fellows and faculty; experience leading organizations focused within global health;  and possess dynamic leadership skills.  A full job posting is available here:  BUP Director Position Description.


Botswana-UPenn Partnership Teams up with Microsoft and Partners to Launch Telemedicine Service over TV White Spaces Network

PHILADELPHIA – The Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) is collaborating with Microsoft, the Botswana Innovation Hub, and other global partners to launch the first telemedicine service in Africa using TV white spaces to bring internet connectivity to hospitals and clinics across rural areas of Botswana.  The pilot project, called “Project Kgolagano,” will provide clinical consultations and diagnoses to a patient population who would otherwise have to travel far distances to the capital city of Gaborone, Botswana, for specialized care.

Read more about this new project.

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Our Programs

Clinical Care

Clinical Care

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



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.

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.



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.

BUP-affiliated researchers in Botswana and at Penn have co-authored more than 85 scientific articles to date...learn more.

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