Texas Children’s Leaders Visit Princess Marina Hospital In Botswana

Dr. Poplack meeting a pediatric cancer patient

Dr. Poplack meeting a pediatric cancer patient

Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine have been committed to improving children’s health in Botswana for a decade through the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI). The partnership began with HIV/AIDS outreach during a time when Botswana had one of the highest prevalences of HIV in the world. Over the last 10 years, tremendous strides have been made in not only treating children with HIV/AIDS, but also preventing new infections.

About 5 years ago, Texas Children’s took an unprecedented step by sending a pediatric hematologist-oncologist to Botswana and continues to maintain that presence today. In December, leaders from Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers traveled to Botswana to assess the impact of this novel partnership as well as determine how these efforts could be expanded. Dr. David Poplack, head of the Section of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Director of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers made his first visit to Botswana. Dr. Poplack feels that the knowledge and expertise in treating childhood cancer and blood diseases should not be contained just within the walls of Texas Children’s.

The partnership Texas Children’s has established in Botswana is evidence that quality care of children with complex medical conditions can be accomplished in resource-limited settings.

Head Matron of Paediatric Medical Ward discussing patient care with Dr. Poplack, Dr. Slone, Ms. Wilson-Lewis and Mr. Walsh

Head Matron of Paediatric Medical Ward discussing patient care with Dr. Poplack, Dr. Slone, Ms. Wilson-Lewis and Mr. Walsh

Joining Dr. Poplack on the visit to Princess Marina Hospital were Kristi Wilson-Lewis, Director of Administration & Planning at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and Michael Walsh, Director of Texas Children’s Global Health Initiative. Dr. Poplack, Ms. Wilson-Lewis and Mr. Walsh were able to meet with the leadership of Princess Marina, tour the Paediatric Medical Ward, visit with nurses and meet patients. Dr. Poplack also donated a new signed copy of the textbook that he edits, Principles and Practices of Pediatric Oncology, to the Department of Paediatrics library at Princess Marina.

Their visit was well-received as a clear sign of the importance Texas Children’s Hospital places on international partnerships. Texas Children’s investment into pediatric health care in Botswana is reaping tremendous rewards with the future looking very bright.

About Dr. Jeremy Slone, Pediatric Oncologist

I am a member of the International Program at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

I'm primarly based at the Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana, where I provide clinical care to hematology and oncology patients and continue to research the disparities in outcomes seen in children residing in developing countries.

Posted in Cancer and Hematology, International Cancer and Hematology, Leadership

One Response to Texas Children’s Leaders Visit Princess Marina Hospital In Botswana

  1. carol Slone says:

    Son, I enjoy reading your blog so much! Hearing great news of Gods devine blessings at the hospital. So thankful God allows you such a privledge as this.. Your mother and family are so proud of all the hard work you have done to receive your blessings of helping children that would not have had a chance of Health Care.. My prayers are with you always our son… I love you more than I can ever place on this post… God Bless you son and your family and fellow Drs. working with you…

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