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Dr. MazhaniPlease join CHOP for the final Global Health Center Lecture of this academic year on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 3:00-4:00pm in Hope Auditorium.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Loeto Mazhani, Acting Head of Pediatrics and Adolescent Health at the University of Botswana School of Medicine and Assistant Program Director of their Pediatric Residency Program, as he gives a talk entitled “Child Mortality in Botswana.”

Dr. Mazhani was born and raised in Botswana. After completing his undergraduate degree, medical education, and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency in the US, he returned to practice as a pediatrician in the Botswana health system within the clinical, public health and educational realms. He has been involved in many national public health programs throughout his career, including leading Botswana and the African continent with the implementation of the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) program. Dr. Mazhani has held many health management positions including Director of Health Services and Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Botswana from 2005 to 2008.

Since 2009, Dr. Mazhani’s focus has shifted to establishing the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Health in the newly established School of Medicine at the University of Botswana. His research interest has been largely in clinical and public health areas with child mortality in Botswana as his current focus. He remains an active general pediatrician with a special interest in pediatric cardiology.

Learning Objectives:

1. To describe trends of child mortality in Botswana over the last 3 decades

2. To discuss the major causes of child mortality in Botswana

3. To demonstrate how socioeconomic development, disease burden and public health interventions influence child mortality

Please contact Dr. Adelaide Barnes at for more information about this lecture.


New Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation and its Partners - Deadline May 13, 2015

The Gates foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for the following grant programs, for more information please visit the grant opportunities page at

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round.  Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

  • Proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015 on the following topics:
  • Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
  • Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data
  • Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control
  • New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
  • Reducing Pneumonia Fatalities Through Innovations that Improve Pneumonia Diagnosis & Referral of Malnourished Children
  • Enable Merchant Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at



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About Global Health Programs

Global Health Programs coordinates global activities of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and supports the international aspects of our research, educational, and service programs. Our activities include: (i) placement of Penn medical students in global health experiences and hosting of international medical students at Penn; (ii) recruitment of postdoctoral fellows who come from international institutions; (iii) facilitation of international research initiatives and sponsored programs undertaken by faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine; (iv) coordination of global activities with other schools of the University, and the Office of the Provost; (v) provision of information for faculty, students, and administration; and (vi) representation of the School of Medicine in interactions with international institutions.