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BOTSOGO (BOTSwana Oncology Global Outreach) is a collaboration among Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), The Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP), and medical and government institutions in Botswana designed to catalyze cancer care improvement and research advances in Botswana. Established in 2011, BOTSOGO, pronounced “bot-so-ho,” is taken from the language of Setswana and translates to the word “health” in English. It is a collaborative effort in oncology care that builds on BHP’s 17 years of successful HIV/AIDS research and care delivery in Botswana while leveraging the assets of MGH, a top academic medical center. BOTSOGO aims to:

  • Leverage the “on-the-ground” infrastructure, partnerships, and trusted reputation of BHP to work in collaboration with the cancer care community and government of Botswana;
  • Improve access to cancer care and build on-the-ground clinical capacity and human resources in Botswana;
  • Train the next generation of cancer leaders in Botswana and further the education of the public regarding cancer screening and care; and
  • Conduct meaningful research to advance a comprehensive cancer control plan for the nation.