Because of his own history, Dr. Mompati Mmalane had ideas about how best to introduce a complex clinical trial to communities like Shakawe, a remote village in northwestern Botswana.
HIV is no stranger to rural villages. Although the national adult prevalence is 24%, the rate is much higher in some villages. Older adults remember the days before antiretroviral treatment (ART), when Saturdays were crowded with funerals for friends, relatives, and neighbors who had died of AIDS. Continue reading →
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 →