Gaborone 
CAPITAL


English, Tswana
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S)


2,021,000
POPULATION


320,000
# OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS


7,000
# OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH TB


456
# OF MALARIA CASES


 *Sources: WHO and UNAIDS.

Updated April 2015

 

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Partners

Botswana

 

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ASM has collaborated with partners in Botswana since 2008 on strengthening the capacity of microbiology laboratories throughout the country. ASM assists the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-Botswana and the Government of Botswana with improving tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic capacity at the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL) and strengthening the technical and mentoring skills of local mentors comprised of National Health Laboratory (NHL) staff who deliver microbiology mentoring to staff from district and referral laboratories.

ASM has successfully assisted in establishing a local microbiology mentoring team at the NHL to provide technical assistance at laboratories throughout the country. In addition, ASM has conducted an assessment of the mycology laboratory at the NHL to support the development of a targeted mycology training program to be implemented in 2015.

 

 



 

ASM in Botswana

ASM Impact

  • AFB-EQA: since October 2009, 276 people trained throughout 27 workshops
  • Basic Microbiology: since 2011, 70 people trained during two workshops
  • QMS Training: in February 2014, 51 people trained during a QMS workshop
  • EQA administered monthly over the course of several months in-country by local consultants

 

Program Areas

  • General microbiology training and mentoring
  • Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic test strengthening
    • TB culture (solid and liquid)
    • TB Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST)
    • TB External Quality Assessment (EQA)
  • GeneXpert MTB/RIF training and validation
  • TB-Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB) smear microscopy
  • AFB-EQA

 

 

 

Botswana Mentoring Program

ASM, along with Botswana-USA CDC Partnership (BOTUSA), has provided technical support to the Botswana laboratory diagnostic services and to the National Health Laboratory. Over the last few years, ASM has facilitated various initiatives and programs in the form of mentoring and training workshops in the areas of diagnostic laboratory techniques and Quality Management Systems (QMS). In order to achieve the goal of sustainable mentoring, ASM trained five staff from the NHL in the skills of mentoring. These staff members continue to successfully roll out the Mentoring Program to staff in local district laboratories.

 

 

BioResource Centers (BRCs)

The purpose of the BioResource Center (BRC) is to provide scientists, educators, laboratorians, policy makers, and students with cutting-edge scientific resources, training, and increase their knowledge-base of biological sciences. Both BRCs in Botswana serve as locations for scientists and stakeholder to convene; offer access to cutting-edge scientific resources; and provide ongoing professional development training through scientific webinars, virtual workshops, and also on-site workshops and lectures.

 

BRC IHS

BRC at the Institute of Health Sciences Gaborone 

Contact: Thokgamo Boitshwarelo, tboitshwarelo@yahoo.com 
             Maleshane Rasegojwa, mrasegojwa84@gmail.com

Mailing Address of BRC: 
Institute of Health Sciences – Gaborone (IHSG)
P.O. Box 985
Gaborone, Botswana

BRC UB

BRC at the University of Botswana 
Contact: Ismael Kasvosve, Ishmael.Kasvosve@mopipi.ub.bw
 
            Modisa Motswaledi, Modisa.Motswaledi@mopipi.ub.bw

Mailing Address of BRC: 
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences 
School of Allied Health Professions, Faculty of Health Sciences
Private Bag UB 00712, University of Botswana
Gaborone, Botswana

 

 

Ambassadors to Botswana

The Country Ambassador would be a senior scientist that represents ASM in Botswana, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador is a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in Botswana, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. The ASM Young Ambassador mobilizes the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet the Grand Challenges in Science.

 

Country Ambassador - Taking Applications

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Young Ambassador - Moses Vurayai

Moses Vurayai-Botswana

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 For more information on ASM's Botswana program, 
please contact Nisha Puntambekar at npuntambekar@asmusa.org.

 

 

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