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





Course on Grant Writing and Research Training

Aug 12 and Aug 13, 2015
Faculty of Health Sciences Block 246, Room H140

Sponsored by:  The University of Botswana Faculty of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Supported by: The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, USA U54 Grant: “Botswana-UPenn Research Consortium of HPV-Related Cervical Cancer in HIV Patients”

Target Audience:  UB Faculty, MMED, PhD, MPhil and Health Sciences students

Purpose:  To provide mentoring on writing NIH grants and training on research methodology


    1. Day 1 will focus on research training. Topics include:
      • Ethical Conduct and Human Subjects Protection;
      • Studies of Cervical Cancer and Other HIV Associated Malignancies;
      • Basics of Clinical Trials, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Data Management;
      • Developing Behavioral Interventions; Protocol Development; Study Implementation and Completion in Botswana
    2. Day 2 will focus on mentoring and writing a pilot project grant.

Two Pilot Project grants will be funded annually.

Please register for the program by August 5, 2015 at:

For questions please email:

The full program agenda is available online.

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 here.

Watch a video here.



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 (, and prevention information ( from the CDC.

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.

For the latest information on Ebola (including a video that provides guidance for donning and doffing procedures for PPE, visit the CDC Ebola page:  

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:



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.


                                •                                                           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

2014 BUP Year End Report

Frequently Asked Questions

BUP Program Overview


Photo Essay by Ryan Littman Quinn (BUP Telemedicine)


Cover- PhotoEssay            



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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