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

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                                  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

Director
Dr. Harvey
Friedman

 

Map, Botswana

Country Director
           Dr. Doreen  Ramogola-Masire

 

Doreen Ramogola Masire

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                                              BUP Announcements

 

 
Upcoming Botswana Art Exhibits in the Philadelphia Area

Botswana and the Art of the Kalahari
Gravers Lane Gallery
8405 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19118
www.graverslanegallery.com

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5th, 5-8 PM
Show Dates: February 3-28, 2015

Free and open to the public.

The show, curated by Cindy Friedman, features art from Botswana. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the work will go to suppport the work of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. Read more here.

 

National Art of Botswana
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
www.wayneart.org

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 22nd, 3-5 PM

This show is an official exhibition exported by the Government of Botswana that will feature a national curator, and a professional basket weaver to host workshops and demonstrations for the public in the gallery. Harvey Friedman, Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, will give an educational talk about healthcare in Botswana at the WAC on March 4.

 

 

Penn Student Summer Internships in Botswana

Penn’s International Internship Program (IIP) offers Penn students the opportunity to intern with international organizations for 8-12 weeks in the summer. This is an exciting opportunity to work directly for an NGO, non-profit, start-up or a local organization abroad. Check the IIP website to see the variety of internship opportunities available! Accepted students will be given an award to offset the cost of travel and living expenses, funded by Penn Global.

The IIP application will close on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 11:59 pm. More information about the International Internship Program is available at: http://global.upenn.edu/iip

 

 

Notice Regarding Ebola Virus Disease

January 21, 2015

There are currently no changes in response to the Ebola outbreak recommended for Penn students and trainees traveling to Botswana to work in a clinical setting. We continue to allow clinical rotations for students and trainees (residents) to Botswana.

All students and residents working clinically in a global health setting should familiarize themselves with the Ebola signs and symptoms (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/index.html), and prevention information (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/prevention/index.html) from the CDC.

Risk Management and Global Support is overseeing the risk to Penn travelers following guidance from the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html) and using International SOS (https://www.internationalsos.com/ebola/) as a resource. Penn students are being kept notified through Student Health Services (http://global.upenn.edu/) and travelers are informed via Penn Global (http://global.upenn.edu/). Note: It is vitally important that all Penn travelers register their trips through the Global Activities Registry (https://global.upenn.edu/gar) so that the University knows where students and personnel are located internationally to keep them apprised of any updates to the situation.

For the latest information on Ebola (including a video that provides guidance for donning and doffing procedures for PPE http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/ppe-training/index.html), visit the CDC Ebola page: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html  

Questions about this message can be directed to Harvey Friedman, Professor of Medicine in the ID Division, and Director of the BUP through hcalvert@mail.med.upenn.edu

 

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:

currently

 

Details and application instructions here.

 
 
University of Botswana: Posting for Multiple Faculty Vacancies

The University of Botswana (www.ub.bw) 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.

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  •                                               BUP Programs

 

  1.     Clinical Care

 

          Education

 
  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)
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Program Documents

2013 BUP Year End Report

Frequently Asked Questions

BUP Program Overview

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                       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.