BOTUSA Staff News
Dr. James Shepherd, the new Care and Treatment Team Leader, oversees activities that fall under the Treatment, Palliative Care, TB/HIV and Laboratory sections at BOTUSA. Dr. Shepherd started his career as a research scientist at University of London. He went to the USA in 1988 as a research fellow. He graduated from medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York in 1999. He joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, and immediately volunteered to be posted to Nigeria as a technical consultant to a PEPFAR-funded treatment program. He has been living in Abuja, Nigeria, with his family since 2005, attempting to raise the quality of Anti-Retroviral Therapy services delivered during a massive scale-up in that country. Within CDC/BOTUSA and PEPFAR, Dr Shepherd will have an important role in linking the different care and treatment sections to each other, integration with other sections and assisting Botswana Government in the delivery of effective care and treatment programs.
Dr. Fatma Soud joined the HIV Prevention Research branch at BOTUSA as the new behavioral science advisor. Dr. Soud received her B.A. in Anthropology and PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Florida. She is also a registered nurse and midwife. She recently completed CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program where her work included studies to assess adverse events of poliomyelitis and meningococcal conjugate vaccines. She has served as a consultant with WHO and the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI) coordinating a study to assess parents’ perception of adverse events following immunization. Other research work includes a study investigating HIV/AIDS and utilization of maternity health care services by Muslim women in Mombasa, Kenya and studies that assessed preventative and healthcare utilization behavior among HIV positive men who have sex with men.