• Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health

International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH)
Gaborone, Botswana

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Bazghina-werq Semo Dessalegn (aka Baz Semo) possesses a mixed set of skills. She is an experienced clinician, public health practitioner, researcher, trainer and manager. Her clinical medicine experience is in HIV/AIDS and Tropical diseases while her experience in public health focuses on health systems strengthening activities in the areas of HIV/AIDS, MCH and RH. Baz is currently the country director for the International Training and Education Center for Health in Botswana where she is responsible for overseeing PEPFAR funded clinical and research programs.

  • MPH (Harvard University)
  • MD (Addis Ababa University)
  • DTM&H (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK))
Country Affiliations 
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • English
Health Topics 
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources
  • Implementation Science
  • Informatics
  • Laboratory Strengthening
  • Male Circumcision
  • Operations Research

Kathleen E. Wirth, Bazghina-werq Semo, Conrad Ntsuape, Nankie M.Ramabu, Boyce Otlhomile, Rebeca M. Plank, Scott Barnhart & Jenny H. Ledikwe (2016):
Triggering the decision to undergo medical male circumcision: a qualitative study of adult men in Botswana, AIDS Care, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1133797

Mpofu M, Semo B, Grignon J, Lebelonyane R, Ludick S, Matshediso E, Sento B, Ledikwe J. (2014). Strengthening monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and building sustainable health information systems in resource limited countries: lessons learned from an M&E task-shifting initiative in Botswana. BMC Public Health. 14:1032 URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/14/1032

Ishmael Kasvosve, Jenny H Ledikwe, Othilia Phumaphi, Mulamuli Mpofu, Robert Nyangah, Modisa S Motswaledi, Robert Martin and Bazghina-werq Semo. Continuing professional development training needs of medical laboratory personnel in Botswana. Human Resources for Health 2014 12:46. doi:10.1186/1478-4491-12-46

Ledikwe JH, Nyanga R, Hagon J, Mphoful M, Grignon J, Semo B. (2014) Scaling-up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision-What have we learned? HIV Research and Palliative Care. 6:139–146. http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/HIV.S65354

Grignon J, Sento BW, Ledikwe J, Makati D, Nyangah R, Semo B., Maximizing the benefit of health workforce secondment in Botswana: an approach for strengthening health systems in resource-limited settings. Journal of Risk Management and Healthcare Policy 2014:7 91–98 http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/RMHP.S61473