BU DFM and Lesotho Boston Health Alliance (LeBoHA) Cut the Ribbon on the Bill Bicknell Academic Center

BMC’s Integrative Medicine Program is in the News!   

Public- Private Partnership Improves Health Care in Lesotho

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“It gives me great joy to report that the newest class of five registrars (residents) have begun their training in our Lesotho-based Family Medicine Specialty Training Program (FMSTP). Following a model similar to that of South Africa, these physician trainees are based in four different hospitals throughout the northern districts of Lesotho and come together one week per month for four years at Motebang Hospital in the Leribe district for focused group education sessions. The FMSTP is the first accredited physician training program ever in Lesotho… “

Read the rest of Dr. Brian Jack’s letter in the April Newsletter.

You can also click here to view the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony slideshow!

“Boston Medical Center (BMC) has a new program to provide acupuncture services in group settings to people living with HIV/AIDS. The departments of family medicine and infectious diseases, as well as the Program for Integrative Medicine and Healthcare Disparities, will make these services available to the approximately 1,600 HIV/AIDS patients in care annually at BMC, as well as accept referrals from the community. Providers recently implemented the process of in-taking patients, which includes a one-on-one acupuncture consult. After intake, most patients will be treated in group visits….”

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 “Clinical services and patient outcomes improved at a hospital network in Lesotho after its operations were shifted from the government to a public-private partnership, a new study led by Boston University global health researchers reports.

The study in the journal Health Affairs gauged changes that occurred after the government of Lesotho entered into a partnership with a private consortium in 2008 to build and run its national referral hospital and three affiliated community-based clinics. At the time of the shift, the network was struggling with staff shortages, aging infrastructure, and declining service quality.”

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