BOTUSA Staff News
Dr. Thabisa Sibanda joined BOTUSA on April 29 as a TB medical officer. Sibanda, 35, graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 1997. Having been involved in TB from 1999 to 2002 as a District Medical Officer in rural Zimbabwe, he joined the Bulawayo City Council in 2002 as a Clinical Medical Officer. Sibanda left his native country to work as an AIDS Coordinator for Gaborone City Council from 2003 -2004 before teaching family nurse practitioners at Kanye SDA College of Nursing from 2005 - 2006. Sibanda is currently reading for a Masters degree in Clinical Trials with the University of London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is married and has 5-year old twin daughters. He loves choral music and is an avid supporter of soccer and cricket.
Dr. Lovemore Chirwa has joined the HIV Prevention Research arm of BOTUSA in Francistown as a study physician. Chirwa, 40, of Zambia, first came to Botswana in July 2001 and helped establish the Infectious Disease Care Clinic (IDCC) at Selebi-Phikwe Government Hospital. He left in November to join BOTUSA. He attended the University of Zambia and graduated in 1992. Upon completion of his internship at Ndola Central Hospital, Chirwa was employed by the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mine (ZCCM) Hospitals in Mufulira as a Medical Officer. He was in charge of training first-aid to mine employees and was a doctor for Mufulira Wanderers Football Club, noted for producing the legendary 1988 African Footballer of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya. Chirwa is also a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Physicians Committee.
Dr Evans Muhavani Buliva, 41, from Kenya joined HPR-Gaborone as a research medical officer in January 2007. Buliva attended medical school at the University of Nairobi, graduating in 1992. He worked for the Ministry of Health in Kenya at Machakos General Hospital and Kenyatta National Referral Hospital. In 1994, he went to Rwanda to work for the Christian NGO World Vision International. The work involved rehabilitating, equipping and staffing war damaged rural health centers in remote parts of that country. Buliva came to Botswana in 1995 where he has worked for both the Government and private sector, covering primary health care clinics in Gaborone, Sowa Town and in Selebi-Phikwe. He is married with 3 children.
Mpho Mogodi, a Palliative Care Medical Officer in the Global AIDS Program, has left her position after a year at BOTUSA. She will be taking up the De Beers African Health Scholarship Award to pursue a public health fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.