Dr Poloko Kebaabetswe

Nationality: Motswana (Botswana)

In 2004, Dr Poloko Kebaabetswe graduated from the University of Texas in Houston, USA, with a PhD in Public Health. After graduation she returned to Botswana to continue working at the Botswana Harvard Partnership Initiative as a Co-Director and behavioural research scientist. In 2005 Dr Kebaabetswe joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a senior research scientist and in 2010 was appointed Associate Director of HIV Prevention where she was co-principal investigator of the pre-exposure prophylaxis clinical trial on HIV prevention, a study on the safety and efficacy of daily oral antiretroviral use for prevention of HIV in heterosexual active young adults in Botswana.

Dr Kebaabetswe was formerly the Director of the Health Systems Research Unit a Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) project at the School of Medicine, University of Botswana, where she was responsible for building capacity on health systems research and ethics.

Dr Kebaabetswe has been a member of the TDR STAC since 2012.

Previous WHO experience
  • WHO African Advisory Committee on Health Research 2005- 2008
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the WHO Centre for Health Development (ACWKC) Kobe Japan 2006-2009