Research Fellows & PhD Students
Mmakgomo Mimi Raesima
Afya Bora Fellow
Dr Raesima is 2021 alumni of the Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in Global Health Leadership. She is a medical doctor with postgraduate training in Public Health and Healthcare Management. She has 10+ years’ combined experience in clinical service delivery and national level public health work in Sexual Reproductive Health and HIV in Botswana.
PostDoctoral Research Fellow
Bogadi joined the BSRHI team as a research fellow. She recently completed an infectious disease fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Now a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the division of infectious disease, she is completing an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania with an interest in prevention and management of STIs in resource limited settings.
GloCal Global Health Fellow
Lucy Mupfumi is a Research Associate at the Botswana Harvard Partnership and a GloCal Global Health Fellow. She is conducting her GloCal research project with BSRHI. Her research interests are in in TB/HIV co-infection, self-testing for HIV and infectious disease modelling.
Caitlin is currently pursuing a PhD in Women's Health with BSRHI and University College London titled “eHealth for family planning in Botswana: acceptability and feasibility”. The project uses in-depth qualitative interviews with healthcare providers, family planning policy stakeholders, eHealth specialists and Batswana women to explore the socio-cultural and physical barriers, challenges and experiences around provision and use of family planning in Botswana, as well the potential for an eHealth intervention to improve women's choice, uptake and effective use of contraception.
Afya Bora Fellow (2019-2020)
Tshegofatso joined the BSRHI team in 2020 as an Afya Bora Fellow to complete her research project focused on family planning use and pregnancy intentions among women living with HIV in Botswana. Tshegofatso has been with the Botswana Ministry of Health since 2003 where she coordinated the Family Planning Programme for 15 years at the national level and then in 2018 went on to coordinate the programme on Male Involvement in SRH & Gender Based Violence. Her research interests are in sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence and HIV.
GloCal Global Health Fellow (2017-2018)
Adriane is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. Her primary research interest is preventing, diagnosing and managing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), with a focus on assessing costs, benefits, and cost-effectiveness of global interventions, programs, and policies. Since 2014, Adriane has collaborated with Dr. Morroni and BSRHI to assess the acceptability, feasibility, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of routine antenatal testing and treatment of curable STIs. She also completed her GloCal Fellowship research project with BSRHI in 2018.
PhD Student (2019)
Sarah is a social behavioural scientist focused on addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs and rights of people living with HIV. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and holds a MPH from the University of Cape Town. Under the guidance of Dr. Morroni and in collaboration with the BSRHI team, Sarah's doctoral dissertation focused on how to support the reproductive choices and rights of women living with HIV in Botswana by examining the factors that exacerbate HIV transmission and approaches, e.g. safer conception strategies, that can be leveraged to reduce HIV incidence.
Fogarty Fellow (2018-2019)
Dr. Gertz spent her Fogarty fellowship year with BSRHI under the mentorship of Dr Chelsea Morroni. Her research focused on optimizing pregnancy planning and prevention in the context of HIV. She received her Medical Degree and a Master’s in Public Health from Case Western Reserve University in 2010 and a Masters in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2019. She trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins (2013) and family medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (2015), and is board certified in Family Medicine (2015).