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The BUP: Education

     Medical Training in Botswana

BackgroundFestus Mogae, former Botswana President

In 2001, with no medical school and a shortage of doctors, Botswana took to the international stage and called for help in battling an HIV/AIDS epidemic that had struck nearly 40% of it's population.

In an address to the UN General Assembly, then President Festus Mogae said,

       “We are threatened with extinction. People are dying in chillingly high numbers. It is a crisis of the first magnitude.”

   

   In response, the Government of Botswana, the University of Botswana and the University of Pennsylvania formed the Botswana-UPenn Partnership to build healthcare capacity in Botswana.

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Since 2001, The BUP has trained over 4,000 Batswana healthcare workers in clinical care at Princess Marina Hospital, district hospitals, local clinics, and the University of Botswana.

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Initiatives

The BUP takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to building capacity in Botswana. Our educational initiatives are:

- Train health care personnel throughout Botswana in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and its complications, TB, Malnutrition, Cervical cancer, and more. Read our monthly clinical publication Tlaleletso written and distributed to health care personnel across Botswana.

- Develop outstanding post-graduate training programs at the University of Botswana with an emphasis on Internal Medicine and its subspecialties

- Develop joint research programs that address issues relevant to the health and welfare of the citizens of Botswana

- Offer experience in global health to Penn trainees

 

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