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Becky Does Botswana

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ORGANIZER: Rebecca

EVENT DATE: Sep 01, 2012

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THE STORY:

Rebecca Bryson wrote -

We are raising funds to study S. aureus (or "staph) in southern Africa.  Three volunteer researchers will be collecting bacterial samples from children and adults in Gaborone, Botswana.  The bacteria is a major cause of severe illness, especially in children and in HIV-positive individuals.  Our research goal is to estimate the prevalence of this bacteria among people in Gaborone, learn what antibiotics are effective against the specific strains in that part of the world (for example, if methicillin resistance (MRSA) is as huge a problem there as in the developed world), and identify characteristics that put people at high risk of suffering a life-threatening staph infection.  Read the full RESEARCH PROPOSAL here.  

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This research comprises the doctoral dissertation of Rebecca Bryson, who is earning her PhD in Epidemiology.  Her special area of interest is international fieldwork.  This project is not grant funded, but the findings of the research will be used to propose further work in this area in this part of the world (and hopefully earn funding for the future work!).  The project is being funded personally by Rebecca - thus the need for generous donors!  Researchers from the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, the University of Botswana, and the University of Texas School of Public Health have each donated laboratory supplies and equipment, as well as clinic and laboratory space.  A local nurse has also been donated to help with translations and patient interactions there.  What your money will help fund: a $2 thank-you to patients in Gaborone who take part in our research (that's about enough to cover their transportation costs to our clinic visit!) and offsetting the travel and lodging expenses for 3 hard-working and experienced public health graduate student researchers who are even more than willing to cram into a tiny shared space (more expensive than you probably think!)!

If you are ready to donate (and we hope you are!), please visit the payment page on our BLOG.  

For a donation of at least $10, you can receive an awesome t-shirt with the "Becky does Botswana" logo!

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We love you and thank you for supporting our dream!

-Amy, Becky & Erin

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rebecca bryson

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