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By Parth S. Mehta, M.D., M.P.H.
Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers hosted three International Scholars through a Texas Children’s Hospital Educational Award to improve childhood cancer and hematology care in Botswana. Nurses Mpho Raletshegwana and Pearl Semetsa and Dr. Oaitse Wally from Princess Marina Hospital and University of Botswana Residency in Pediatrics in Gaborone, Botswana received intensive training in the care of children with cancer and blood disorders.
This training was established in 2008 and it builds upon a smaller pilot program at Princess Marina Hospital. The goal of the training is to provide ongoing training for nurses and nursing students, increasing overall awareness of pediatric cancer ,while providing in-depth training to a core of nurses throughout Botswana, and developing nursing leadership in pediatric oncology.
This effort is a part of an ongoing program for care and treatment of children with blood disorders and cancer in Botswana. This program was established in 2007 through collaborative efforts between Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) to provide the only pediatric hematology/oncology program in the country. Over the last 7 years, the number of children identified and treated for blood disorders and cancer have increased over 10-fold and survival from cancer has improved 3-fold prior to the presence of Texas Children’s Hospital and BIPAI.
The visitors were eager to bring their new perspectives on care and treatment, safety and quality back to Princess Marina Hospital. They hope to further impact the care of children in Botswana. They expressed gratitude for the experience that will, “change and save lives.”