Tonya Arscott-Mills, MD, MPH


  •  Research Director | Botswana-UPenn Partnership
  •  Botswana
  •   HIV/AIDS | Pediatrics | Tuberculosis

Languages: English (native), Spanish (basic)

Bio statement

I am a pediatric global health practitioner. Since 2008 I have been working in Botswana with the University of Pennsylvania. My roles have involved training health care workers on TB and HIV and pediatrics; assisting in Botswana health policy making in the areas of TB/HIV and providing clinical care for pediatrics, TB and HIV. Currently I am also the Botswana-UPenn Partnership Research Director and Penn CFAR International Core co-director. In this role support faculty interested and engaged in research in Botswana. I am also the CHOP pediatric lead for Botswana, supporting the CHOP partnership in Botswana.

Recent global health projects

I am currently involved as the onsite PI for a clinical trail evaluating rapid stool diagnostics and probiotic use in children admitted with acute gastroenteritis in Botswana. I also support the Penn Pepfar project in Botswana that is involved in TBHIV care. In this project I support the BUP program and the National TB Program for issues related to pediatric TB and TB/HIV.

Selected publications

Kebaabetswe P, Arscott-Mills T, Sebina K, Kebaetse MB,Makgabana-Dintwa O, Mokgatlhe L, Tawana G, Mbuka DO, Nkomazana O (2017). Fifth-year medical students’ perspectives on rural training in Botswana: A qualitative approach. African Journal of Health Professions Education, African Journal of Health Professions Education 2017;9(3):144-147, Sep 2017. doi: 10.7196/AJHPE.2017.v9i3.738.

Kelly MS, Zheng J, Boiditswe S, Steenhoff AP, Feemster KA, Arscott-Mills T, Seme B, Ratshaa B, Rulaganyang I, Patel MZ, Mantzor S, Shah SS, Cunningham CK (2017). Investigating mediators of the poor pneumonia outcomes of HIV-exposed, uninfected children. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2017, Nov 20. doi: 10.1093/jpids/pix092. PMID 29165579.

Arscott-Mills T, Masole L, Ncube R, Steenhoff AP (2017). Survey of health care worker knowledge about childhood tuberculosis in high-burden centers in Botswana. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2017 May 1;21(5):586-591. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.16.0668.

Arscott-Mills T, Kebaabetswe P, Tawana G, Mbuka DO, Makgabana-Dintwa O, Sebina K, Kebaeste M, Mokgatlhe L, Nkomazana O (2016). Rural exposure during medical education and student preference for future practice location - a case of Botswana. Afr J Prm Health Care Fam Med. 2016;8(1), a1039. doi: 10.4102/phcfm.v8i1.1039.

Arscott-Mills T, Ho-Foster A, Lowenstein M, Jibril H, Masunge J, Mweemba P, Nashara P, Makombe R, Chirenda J, Friedman HM, Steenhoff AP, Harari N (2013). Yield of Screening for TB and HIV among Children Failing to Thrive in Botswana. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 2013; doi: 10.1093/tropej/fmt072

Welch H, Steenhoff AP, Chakalisa UA, Arscott-Mills T, Mazhani L, Mokomane M, Foster-Fabiano S, Wirth KE, Skinn A, Pernica JM, Smieja M, Goldfarb DM (2013). Hospital-based surveillance for rotavirus gastroenteritis using molecular testing and immunoassay during the 2011 season in Botswana. Pediatr Infect Dis J 32(5):560-2, May 2013 doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3182847295.

Puryear S, Seropola G, Ho-Foster A, Arscott-Mills T, Mazhani L, Ncube R, BissonGP, Steenhoff AP. Yield of contact tracing among household contacts of children diagnosed with TB in Gaborone, Botswana. International J of TB and Lung Disease 17(8):1049-55 Aug 2013. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.12.0933.

LaCourse SM, Chester FM, Preidis G, McCrary M, Arscott-Mills T, Maliwichi M, Bottoman M, McCollum ED, Hosseinipour M (2014). Use of Xpert for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in severely malnourished hospitalized Malawian children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014 Nov;33(11):1200-2. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000384.

Kelly MS, Wirth KE, Steenhoff AP, Cunningham C, Arscott-Mills T, Boiditswe S, Patel M, Shah S, Finalle R, Makone I, Feemster K. Treatment Failures and Excessive Mortality Among HIV-exposed, Uninfected Children with Pneumonia. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2015 Dec;4(4):e117-26. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piu092. 

Kelly S, Wirth KE, Madrigano J, Feemster KA, Cunningham CK, Arscott-Mills T, Boiditswe S, Shah SS, Finalle R, Steenhoff AP (2015). The effect of exposure to wood smoke on outcomes of childhood pneumonia in Botswana. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis, Volume 19, Number 3, 1 March 2015, pp. 349-355(7) doi: 10.5588/ijtld.14.0557. 

Last Updated: 28 January 2022