About our OB/GYN Global Health Programs

Map of BIDMC's Global Health activity around the world
BIDMC OBGYN's Global Health activity around the world (click on image to enlarge)
In communities across the globe, our faculty and staff are strengthening clinical care, enhancing medical education, engaging in research that impacts policy, and developing sustainable partnerships to improve outcomes and health inequities.

Below is some brief information about current collaborations.

Botswana Global Health Program

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a severe shortage of OBGYNs. While the Lancet Commission for Global Surgery recommends 20 OBGYNs per 100,000 population, Botswana has only 40 OBGYNs for a population of 2.3 million.

In 2016, we have expanded our Division’s involvement in BIDMC’s Botswana Global Health Program by recruiting and supporting a full-time faculty member who is based in Botswana, providing clinical care and expanding medical education. Most recently, Rebecca Luckett, MD, MPH, facilitated the launch of the first ever OBGYN Master of Medicine (MMed) residency training program at the University of Botswana, the first in the country. She worked with relevant local stakeholders and developed international collaborations to support in-country subspecialty training.

U.S.-based OBGYN residents also have the opportunity to participate in supervised clinical and research electives at this site. Learn more about this residency elective.

Companeros En Salud in Chiapas, Mexico

Since 2008, our faculty has collaborated with Compañeros En Salud, the Partners In Health affiliate organization in Chiapas, Mexico. Our current work focuses on improving the quality of care around child-birth and revitalizing prenatal, postpartum and reproductive health services in rural communities.

OBGYN residents have supported these efforts in Chiapas through providing ultrasound training and clinical didactics to healthcare providers in Mexico.