Fondation Pierre Fabre

Sustainable locally driven growth of health informatics & mHealth in Botswana

Main beneficiary country:

About the sponsor

Botswana-UPenn Partnership

Sector: Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Country of origin: United States

Contact the sponsor

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Chronic diseases
  • Cancer
  • Oral health
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Emergency services

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 01/01/2014


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)
  • NGO
  • Government agency (i.e AFD, USAID, etc.)
  • Intergovernmental or international agency

Economic model(s)

  • Income generated by beneficiaries

About the initiative

Lack of health informatics training locally Lack of specialists in the country Need for triage of difficult cases to referral hospitals Need to optimize technology resources in health care

Patients can get to the needed specialist faster, with less time off work, less morbidity while waiting for an appointment. Patients that may never have gotten care will be funneled appropriately to the correct care for little cost leading to more efficient care.

Carrie Kovarik, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania launched the BUP teledermatology program in 2007, which has expanded into a broad telemedicine program that seeks to circumnavigate the challenging IT infrastructure in the region and a severe shortage of healthcare workers, particularly specialists. This program is led in-country by director Ryan Littman-Quinn and has focused on capacity building and sustainable growth of telemedicine and health IT through: Awareness and Policy Advocacy, Pre-Service & In-Service Training, and mHealth.

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations) - Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC)

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

20000 Number of beneficiaries since launch

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Geolocation
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

auto-evaluated or evaluated by a related organization


Ministry of Health

University of Botswana

Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.

PEEK Vision

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.