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

Notice Regarding Ebola Virus Disease

September 15, 2014

In response to a requests for information from the Office of Global Health and the Senior Vice Dean for Education, the Botswana-UPenn Partnership under the leadership of Dr. Harvey Friedman, issues the following guidelines for Penn student and residents traveling to Botswana and the African Continent to work  in a clinical setting in light of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Note that other offices at Penn are responsible for incoming travelers and general Penn student and faculty travel off campus, and the key contact for general Penn traveler risks is Jaime Molyneux (, Director of International Risk Management, the University of Pennsylvania  at 215-573-6122.


School of Medicine Students & Residents Rotating Clinically to Botswana          

Currently, since there is no Ebola in Botswana, any bordering country, or the Southern Africa region, we will continue to allow clinical rotations to Botswana. Given the presence of Penn ID faculty working in the public health system in Botswana, we expect to be one of the first to know if the situation on the ground changes and will respond immediately. In the meantime, we recommend:

ALL students and residents traveling to Botswana purchase their airline tickets no more than six weeks in advance, just in case the situation changes and travel must be canceled.

ALL students and residents rotating to Botswana familiarize themselves with the Ebola signs and symptoms (, and prevention information ( from the CDC.

The Botswana-UPenn Partnership oversees all Penn student and resident travel to Botswana and as such, maintains the authority to cancel student and resident travel through the BUP at any time.


School of Medicine Students & Residents Rotating Clinically to Africa (not including Botswana)             

Given that of the three major risk factors for contracting Ebola (Touching the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola. Touching contaminated objects, like needles. Touching infected animals, their blood or other body fluids, or their meat.), clinical rotators are at a heightened risk over normal travelers. Therefore, the School of Medicine is applying the following guidelines for trainees travelling to Africa for a clinical rotation / global health experience.

Clinical rotations are prohibited for student and resident trainees to any country with a current reported outbreak: Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Clinical rotations may also be prohibited for clinical rotations to any country bordering a country with a current reported outbreak or where the health system capacity is limited such that the risk to clinical rotators is unknown and/or potentially too high. Any student or resident planning a clinical rotation to an African country outside of Botswana should notify Gail Morrison, Senior Vice Dean for Education of their travel plans and a decision will be made on a case-by-case basis.


General Penn Population

Risk Management and Global Support is overseeing the risk to Penn travelers following guidance from the CDC ( and using International SOS ( as a resource. Penn students are being kept notified through Student Health Services ( and travelers are informed via Penn Global (

Note: It is vitally important that all Penn travelers register their trips through the Global Activities Registry ( so that the University knows where students and personnel are located internationally to keep them apprised of any updates to the situation.


Questions about this message can be directed to Harvey Friedman, Professor of Medicine in the ID Division, and Director of the BUP through


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.

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