Established in 1996, the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) is a collaborative research and training initiative between Botswana’s Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health AIDS Initiative.

As a world class research center, BHP is the leading HIV/AIDS research, training and capacity building institution in Botswana. Areas of research include clinical and basic science, epidemiology, socio-behavioral science and community based bio-clinical research relevant to the AIDS epidemic and emerging public health challenges in Botswana, Sub-Saharan Africa and globally.

Our mission is to fight HIV/AIDS and emerging public health challenges through innovative research, education, and capacity building that impacts policy and practice.

The Botswana Harvard Partnership Turns 20

Q&A with Dr Joseph Makhema

The BHP was established 20 years ago to help combat HIV/AIDS at the epicenter of the epidemic. At the time, about 37% of pregnant women in Botswana were infected with HIV. Dr Joseph Makhema was a young physician working what seemed like unending hours at the public hospital in Gaborone, where effective treatment was not yet available. Today, Dr Makhema is the CEO of the Institute he played an important role in establishing. Martha Henry, Executive Director of the Harvard AIDS Initiative, spoke with him about the BHP’s history and future. Continue reading . . .

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