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The Bill Bicknell Academic Center, Motebang, Lesotho

The Bill Bicknell Academic Center, Motebang, Lesotho

The Bill Bicknell Academic Center, Motebang, Lesotho While there have been many successes throughout the years of work in Lesotho, a central highlight is the creation of The Bicknell Academic Center completed in January 2015 in Motebang, Lesotho. Global Primary Care is an active and engaged supporter of its partner organization, the Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance (LeBoHA) which itself has achieved important benchmarks including establishing the Family Medicine Specialty Training Program (FMSTP). This program was created to strengthen district level health…
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Problem Solving for Better Health

Problem Solving for Better Health

In 2004, LeBoHA partnered with the Dreyfus Health Foundation to train health workers on quality improvement and practical healthcare delivery using a methodology called Problem Solving for Better Health® (PSBH®). The Ministry of Health (MoH) has recently requested that LeBoHA organize new workshops for nurses with the goal of training all 877 RNs and and 373 LNPs in the country over the next several years. As seen above, Nurses and midwives from many districts of Lesotho are attending PSBH-N (Problem…
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Internship

Internship

Pictured above are some of our medical interns receiving PPE. The Lesotho National Internship Program, launched in April 2019 continues to grow and develop. The program now has more than 40 interns, all Basotho doctors who have returned to Lesotho to complete this 2 year program. The program is run by Dr. Lisebo Mojaje, a FMSTP graduate. A few of our interns have enrolled in the FMSTP. Internship training in the country now makes expanding training to other specialties more…
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Reaccreditation Boot Camp

Reaccreditation Boot Camp

Taole Mangope, Moretlo Thulo and Paballo Lethunya meet to plan for reaccreditation of FMSTP based on Lesotho Council of Higher Education framework, which will be submitted in September making LeBoHA a degree (MMedFAM) granting educational organization.
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Building New Facilities for Teaching and Learning

Building New Facilities for Teaching and Learning

The "Bill Bicknell House" and a rendering of the upcoming postgraduate campus funded by USAID. The groundbreaking is scheduled in the next 2-3 months. Construction includes 2 houses, a second “Bill Bicknell house” (8 bedrooms), an academic center with conference facilities, kitchen and dining space, and a library. These facilities, now being referred to as the "National Postgraduate Medical Campus” will allow for expanding teaching and learning and receiving additional visitors, students, residents and volunteers! We will soon be starting…
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Courtney’s Chronicles – Landing and Finding a Place to Live in Lesotho

Courtney’s Chronicles – Landing and Finding a Place to Live in Lesotho

When my husband, Jonathan, and I first landed in Lesotho, it was important to find a place to live near the hospital where we will be volunteering for four months. Housing is at a premium in Lesotho, especially in rural areas like Hlotse. Hlotse is about 60 miles (86 km) northeast from Maseru, the capital city. It takes almost two hours to drive there from the airport since the roads twist and wind and are narrow and bumpy. Thanks to…
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Courtney’s Chronicles – Women, Mothers, Babies in Lesotho

Courtney’s Chronicles – Women, Mothers, Babies in Lesotho

Hello, my name is Courtney and I’m a certified nurse-midwife. I moved to Hlotse, Lesotho in January 2019 with my husband, Jonathan, who is an Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) physician. We are part of a team of volunteers from Boston Medical Center working with local doctors and nurses to improve their clinical skills and to share our knowledge and experience with them. I am thrilled to be here! A few words about myself. I became a midwife after being a…
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Mountains of Hope

Mountains of Hope

About “Mountains of Hope” The documentary film, “Mountains of Hope”, written and directed by Patrick Christell, is set inside the small, landlocked country of Lesotho (pronounced Le-soo-too). It chronicles the struggles of the country’s healthcare system, battling HIV/IAIDS, weak infrastructure, and brain drain yet shines a spotlight on the government and its key partners to turn the nation from despair to one of hope. The film highlights the work being done by organizations like the Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance (LeBoHA) and…
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