Supporting the Partnership
Thanks to generous individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies, the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) is able to leverage the expertise of Penn's faculty and staff and the dedication of Penn's students to work to help find real world solutions to help build capacity in Botswana and improve the health of her people.
There are many opportunities for meaningful giving towards the work of the Partnership or towards major gifts such as establishing endowments for faculty positions or student scholarships. Gifts can be one-time or made in installments over several years.
Areas You Can Support
From daily operations to the application of life-saving clinical care, the BUP uses the generous gifts of its donors in a variety of ways. If there is a specific part of our mission that interests you, you can make a gift towards that goal. These gifts can be directed towards any of the main areas in which we work or in an area of your choosing, including:
Partnership faculty and staff are working to improve the lives and health of citizens of Botswana through our clinical programs in areas such as HIV Care and Support, Tuberculosis Prevention and Treatment, and Women's Health. Botswana has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world with the adult prevalence rate around 24%. TB is also a serious health issue with TB responsible for 13% of adult deaths and 40% of deaths among people living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana.
BUP Faculty provide patient treatment and train healthcare workers on the treatment of HIV, HIV/TB co-infection and Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDRTB) at major public hospitals and in outreach to district hospitals. We are working with Ministry staff and others to establish national treatment guidelines for a variety of infectious diseases in Botswana.
The Partnership is working in collaboration with the new University of Botswana (UB) School of Medicine to help supervise internships, the internal medicine and pediatric residency curricula, and help incorporate bedside teaching at Princess Marina Hospital and at outreach sites. The partnership also facilitates educational exchanges between Penn and UB at the undergraduate and graduate level through semesters abroad and summer internships, and for faculty through sabbaticals.
The BUP facilitates global health learning opportunities to scores of Penn Medicine students and residents each year by providing four to six week clinical rotations to learn about medicine in Botswana and working in a resource limited setting. Many students indicate that their time in Botswana was the most significant learning experience during their education at Penn.
The Partnership helps facilitate research in Botswana and research collaborations between Penn and UB in a number of different ways including everything from the most basic of providing Penn researchers with a place to stay when in Gaborone to more elaborate such as providing an IRB coordinator to help with IRB review and approval, or collecting, processing and shipping clinical samples. We are in the process of assembling a state-of-the-art research lab space that will allow faculty and researcher from both Penn and Botswana to conduct pioneering research in Botswana.
The Botswana-UPenn Partnership applies for and receives funding for specific clinical or research projects from assorted private foundations and public funding sources. While the grants received may sometimes be quite substantial they often target very specific outcomes and as such, the money for these programs cannot be spent on other areas.
Your gift in support of general operating costs helps keep our operation strong and vibrant across the broad spectrum of our program areas. Operational support, while behind the scenes, is critical to ensuring efficiency and creating an opportunity for us to explore new areas of collaboration and growth.
You are welcome to discuss other specific areas that you would like to support with us. Past donors have given gifts to employ a medical officer to work in the Women's Health Clinic one additional day per week. Others have given specifically to fund resident travel in particular specialties. We are happy to discuss other ways that your contribution can be directed as you wish. Please contact Megan Doherty, CGH Administrative Director, to discuss ways that you can support the work of the Botswana.
How to Give
There are a number of ways to make a gift to the Botswana-UPenn Partnership.
Donate By Check
Donors may simply mail a check made payable to the "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" to the address below:
Attn: Glen Gaulton
University of Pennsylvania
240 John Morgan Building
3620 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6073
Donate By Credit Card
We can also accept credit card donations online through Penn's online donation page here.