Sharing the expertise of a world-class university with our partners in Botswana to build capacity and excellence in clinical care, education, and research.
Director, Botswana-UPenn Partnership
Harvey Friedman was born in Montreal, Canada. He did his undergraduate
training at McGill University, in Montreal and attended medical school at
McGill. He did his internship and residency training at the Jewish General
Hospital in Montreal and post-doctoral training in Neurovirology at the Wistar
Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Friedman was an Infectious Diseases Fellow at the
University of Pennsylvania and joined the Infectious Diseases faculty in 1975. He
was the Director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at the Children?s Hospital
of Philadelphia from 1975-1990. Currently, he is Professor of Medicine and Chief
of Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests
are in immune evasion strategies of herpes simplex virus, mechanism by which
herpes simplex virus traffics in neurons, and development of vaccines for herpes
simplex virus types 1 and 2. Dr. Friedman has served as the Director of the
Botswana-UPenn Partnership since its beginning.
Country Director & Lead Physician, Women's Health Program
Dr. Ramogola was born in Botswana. She graduated with honors from the School of Medicine of the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. She then continued her training in Obstetrics and Gynecology first in the United Kingdom and then in the Republic of South Africa at the University of Cape Town, where she also pursued subspecialties in Perinatal Medicine and Cervical Cancer Prevention. During these years of training she participated in the development of the ?See and Treat? approach for the diagnosis and management of precervical cancer lesions, which ultimately proved to be a very effective approach in resource-limited settings, and is currently recommended by the WHO in these settings. Her experience with the ?See and Treat? approach has been instrumental for the success of the implementation of this program for diagnosis and treatment of pre-cervical cancer lesions in HIV-infected women in Botswana. Her training in Perinatal Medicine has made her a key participant in issues of HIV infected pregnant women. She co-directed the first PMTCT clinic in the Western Cape, South Africa, and has been involved in the national HIV guidelines, also serving in the national HIV Specialist Panel in Botswana. She was recently nominated to serve in the technical working group for piloting universal ART for pregnant women in Botswana. She was appointed as the In-Country Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership in January 2009, and has worked closely with Dr. Friedman on recruiting outstanding faculty, nurses, office staff and auxiliary personnel to the Botswana-UPenn Partnership.
Associate Country Director & Research Director & Lead Physician, Pediatric Program
Dr. Steenhoff was born in South Africa and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed pediatric training in South Africa, England and the United States, serving as Chief Resident at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. His Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia included training in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has extensive international pediatric experience in South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Botswana, England and the United States. Additionally, Dr Steenhoff combines clinical and research skills to improve pediatric outcomes in the developing world. His research focuses on pediatric infectious diseases with a particular interest in HIV and tuberculosis. Dr Steenhoff is the author of 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 12 chapters and has been a faculty member of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership for four years. In an addition he is Co-director of the International Core of the Penn Center for AIDS Research, an Attending Pediatrician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a member of the Global Health faculty at the same institution. He resides in Gaborone, Botswana, speaks four Southern African languages and is a member of both Botswana’s National HIV and TB Specialist Panels.
Born in Ireland, Gerard completed a first class B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Biomedical Sciences in Northern Ireland including a one year overseas research placement at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, Nevada, USA. He then completed a three year UK National Health Service Graduate Training Program in Clinical Biochemistry mainly based in Bristol, completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology during his training. Gerard was awarded a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship to read for a Ph.D. in human genetics at the University of Cambridge, which included a period of residency in Japan at the RIKEN Government Science institute in Yokohama, developing microarray protocols. On completion of his Ph.D. he accepted an NIH Postdoctoral Training Fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health developing mouse models of genetic susceptibility / resistance to TB. Gerard felt his skills would be most needed and have greatest impact on public health in Africa and relocated to Gambia from Boston (working at the long established UK Medical Research Council Laboratories) where he spent 4 years developing molecular diagnostic tools for pathogen detection and quantification in clinical samples (mainly relating to pneumococcal disease). While in Gambia Gerard also completed studies on TB human genetics. A brief stint at Witwatersrand University in South Africa working on molecular diagnostics as part of the PERCH pneumonia etiology study followed, before joining the Botswana-UPenn Partnership in March of 2012. As well as infectious diseases diagnostics and human genetics, Gerard has a keen interest in capacity building and mentoring young scientists.
Gerard has many interests outside of science; he was a avid marathon runner in his youth but a stronger affinity for good food, fine wine and cinema proved incompatible with running. Gerard is a self confessed Africaophile and has visited well over 100 countries to date, including all 7 continents. His main passion is wildlife photography, though he confesses to being rather short of National Geographic photographer standard, despite years of practice! Beyond visiting every country and territory on earth Gerard would love to orbit the earth from space. Gerard can speak a number of diverse languages very badly!
Lead Physician, Adult TB Program
Dr. Firth was born in Dallas, Texas, but grew up mostly in the greater Philadelphia area. She graduated in 2001 from Georgetown University in Washington, DC with a B.A. in History and a minor in French. She spent her junior semester abroad in Niger, West Africa, where she learned about health disparities and the stigma of HIV in extremely resource-poor settings. This experience led her to choose to pursue both her MD and MPH at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Between her third and fourth years of medical school, she spent the year in Tamil Nadu, India on an NIH Fogarty Fellowship studying mother to child transmission of HIV and point-of-use methods for water purification in an Indian village. During her fourth year of medical school, she learned first-hand about "disaster medicine" when Hurricane Katrina hit; she spent the month following the storm volunteering at different shelters and working with the Louisiana DHHS Emergency Operations Center. She then moved back to the northeast for a combined Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she helped to establish the Brown Residency International/Global Health Training (BRIGHT) Pathway. During residency, she also spent a month in the Dominican Republic to improve her medical Spanish, and returned to India for a month in order to finish and publish the projects she had worked on with Fogarty. In addition, she completed the University of Minnesota Global Health Course, and passed the ASTMH Certification in Tropical Medicine later that year. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is very excited to be moving to Botswana in February 2011 to begin work with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. She speaks conversational French and Spanish, has had some experience with Hausa, Zarma,and Tamil, and is looking forward to learning Setswana and more about the Batswana culture.
Lead Physician, Basic Care HIV Program
Dr. Haverkamp formerly worked as an infectious diseases specialist with the Division for Global Health in the department of pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston and also served as an instructor at Harvard Medical School. At MGH her focus was on improving triaging and diagnostics of children with severe infections in resource-limited countries. Prior to MGH and Harvard, she trained in adult infectious diseases at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Miriam’s previous work experience includes two years training in hematology-oncology in Germany, training in internal/social medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York where she also served as chief resident. After her chief year she was an NIH supported research fellow for HIV, TB, refugee medicine at Brown University based at Sihnanouk Hospital - Center of Hope in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. During this time she conducted research in the reproductive health of HIV positive women in addition to working as a senior clinician, medical training advisor and providing epidemiology training for local staff. She also served as an international consultant for the World Health Organization and the Cambodian MOH on their national guidelines for communicable disease surveillance and response.
Miriam received her MD from the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. In 2010 the Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society awarded her the Edward H. Kass Award for Clinical Excellence during Fellowship. She also holds an MPH degree in quantitative methods from Harvard School of Public Health. Miriam joined the Botswana-UPenn Partnership in May 2011 and took over has the Lead for the HIV program in November of the same year.
Lead Physician, Global Health Programs
Mike Reid was born and raised in England. He studied as an undergraduate at Cambridge University and received his medical degree from Imperial College in London. He completed residency training in internal medicine in London and in social medicine/internal medicine in New York at Montefiore Medical Center. At Montefiore, he was actively involved in the development of the global health curriculum for residents.
Mike previously worked part time as a clinician educator and HIV specialist in the South Bronx, New York and part time as a clinical advisor with the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs at Columbia University, New York. In this latter role, he supported HIV activities in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa and worked extensively in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria. He has also worked as consultant for the National TB Program in Lesotho. At ICAP, Mike’s research included TB infection control implementation in Kenya and TB diagnosis in children infected with HIV in Mozambique.
Formerly a clinical instructor within the School of Public Health at Columbia who taught in the department of clinical epidemiology, Mike is currently the Lead Physician for the Botswana-UPenn Partnership Global Health Programs. In this capacity, he oversee all clinical rotators from the University of Pennsylvania while they are on clinical rotations in Botswana. Mike also performs outreach visits to a number of sites in Botswana and is the editor of Taleletso, our brief journal that provides evidence-based and clinically relevant reviews for clinical faculty and staff working in Botswana.
Mike is board certified in Internal Medicine in the US and a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK. He is a certified Specialist of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Outside of work, Mike likes to run and hike. He enjoys chocolate and good cheese. He has an interest in liberation theology and holds a Masters in Christian Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Associate Director, Philadelphia
Heather Calvert is the Associate Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) where she serves as lead staff for the Partnership’s activities at the University of Pennsylvania. She is responsible for orchestrating policy and procedures development, overseeing Botswana-related communications from Philadelphia, strategic planning, program administration, supervising staff, fundraising and development, and helping plan and implement Penn faculty, staff, and student collaborations in Botswana.
Ms. Calvert came to the Partnership as a program administrator in May 2008 from the Wharton School where she was associate director for the S. S. Huebner Foundation. Prior to coming to Penn, Ms. Calvert worked as a project manager for medical education and pharmaceutical services companies delivering CME and rater training at global locations. She also worked as a chapter liaison at the American College of Physicians and in admissions at Bryn Mawr College.
Ms. Calvert has a bachelor of arts in political science from Villanova University, a certificate in fundraising (Penn ’05) and is currently taking courses in Penn's Fels Institute of Government. Heather has an interest in HIV/AIDS prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa, global health program administration, and public-private partnerships for healthcare capacity building. She also has a passion for gardening, the City of Philadelphia, and she can get worked-up over issues of historic preservation and public education.
Country Operations Director, Gaborone
Mr. Ho-Foster completed undergraduate studies in biology with honours at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He holds a Masters of Science in Applied Epidemiology from the Autonomous University of Guerrero, completed concurrently with a two-year CIET/Health Canada internship to develop local public health infrastructure in several provinces of Atlantic Canada. He brings extensive experience in research management from working in Southern Africa since 2002. From 2002-4, he managed a large nationally-representative study of HIV risk and sexual violence in South Africa, capturing data from over 280,000 youth. He served as a reviewer for a systematic review of HIV prevention programs in 2005-6. In 2007-8, Mr. Ho-Foster was an investigator for a ten-country study of HIV and sexual violence knowledge, attitudes and practices, with management-level involvement in all aspects of the study, and particular focus in design, instrument development, data management and analysis. From 2007-9, Mr. Ho-Foster also was a faculty member on a multi-country initiative to build Southern African research capacity to implement randomized trials in HIV prevention research. In recent years, he was an investigator on a cluster-randomized control trial, assessing the impact of several community level prevention interventions on HIV infection rates (biological endpoints) in communities across Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland. He joined the Botswana-UPenn Partnership as an epidemiologist in June 2010 and took over as Country Operations Director in March 2012.