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Dr. Mosepele Mosepele: Coming of Age with the Epidemic

Dr. Mosepele Mosepele, photo by Martha Henry
Dr. Mosepele Mosepele

By Martha Henry

It started in preschool for Mosepele Mosepele. His mother was an Operating Room (OR) nurse in the Mahalapye District Hospital in Botswana. In the morning, she dropped her son off at school on her way to work. If she had an early operation, young Mosepele would sit in an office with a window overlooking the OR. Though only five years old, the boy would watch the surgical team operating. “People were dressed up all in blue with big lights hovering over the patients like in a TV show,” remembers Mosepele, who is now a doctor and researcher with the Harvard AIDS Initiative (HAI). “It didn’t scare me,” he said. “I was fascinated.” Continue reading