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Neo Tapela

Research Associate, Botswana-Harvard Partnership


Dr Tapela is a physician, public health specialist and global health advocate passionate about improving health outcomes of those most vulnerable in the world, with a focus on epidemiology, early diagnosis, and innovative integrated service delivery approaches to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in sub-Saharan Africa. She has multi-disciplinary, hands-on experience in the public, non-profit, and academic sectors most recently having led the National NCDs Program in the Ministry of Health and Wellness of her home country Botswana. She has served as special advisor on NCDs to the Rwanda Ministry of Health Director of NCDs Program with Partners In Health-Rwanda. Dr Tapela trained at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health and is currently Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Research Associate at Botswana Harvard Partnership where she leads two NIH-funded projects. Her work as a global health innovator has been recognized in her selection as Aspen New Voices Fellow and an African Cancer Leaders Institute Awardee.


HealthHealth Delivery

Regional Focus

Eastern and Southern Africa, North America