Bristol-Myers Squibb in collaboration with the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the South African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHIVCS) set up an exchange scholarship for UK-based Specialist Registrars (SpRs), Specialty Registrars (StRs) and non-medical healthcare professionals (e.g. specialist pharmacists, occupational therapists, dieticians, physiotherapists and nurses) who are working in the field of HIV medicine and who are also BHIVA members. The exchange scholarship enabled winning applicants to travel to Botswana to take part in a placement at an HIV unit for up to 2 weeks. The programme provided a unique opportunity to increase understanding of the treatment and management of HIV in the developing world and for scholars to disseminate this information and experience when they returned to the UK.
In exchange, a scholar from Botswana travelled to the UK to take part in a placement at an HIV centre or hospital. Winning UK applicants were responsible for organising the placement of the overseas exchange scholar at their hospital and for organising suitable accommodation during their stay. As such, the applications were authorised by their Clinical Director, Head of Service or Employer.
Please note that airfares, local travel and accommodation expenses were paid for by the scholarship fund, for both UK and scholars from Botswana. In addition, the scholarship covered attendance at the British HIV Association Autumn Conference in London, UK on 9-10 October 2014.
This exchange programme scholarship is funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals Ltd (BMS).
Mr Asim Ali, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London
Dr Katrina Stegmann, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
Dr Elizabeth Williams, Homerton University Hospital, London
Dr Antoinette Boima, Selebi Phikwe Government Hospital
Ms Itireleng Mokhathi, Associated Fund Administrators, Gaborone
Dr Tommy Palai, Ministry of Health, Gaborone
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Dr Padmasayee Papineni, Northwick Park Hospital, London
Dr Gurmit Kaur Jagjit Singh, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
Miss Dolapo Awoyemi, Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust, London
Dr Abhilash Sathyamoorthi, Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence (COE)
Dr Lesego Kuate, Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone
Ms Tuelo Ramaolo, Associated Fund Administrators, Gaborone
Dr Mitesh Desai, St Thomas' Hospital, London
Dr Amandip Sahota, Leicester Royal Infirmary
Dr Virginia Basadibotlhe Letsatsi-Modise, Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana
Dr Tafireyi Marukutira, Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence, Gaborone, Botswana