Neo Tapela

Health | Botswana

2017 New Voices Fellow


Neo is a doctor with experience in health systems strengthening and effective service delivery for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, particularly in resource limited areas in sub-Saharan Africa. She trained at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health and has worked in several countries including Lesotho, South Africa, and Rwanda where, as Director of the NCDs Program at Partners In Health, she spearheaded establishment of a model public cancer center of excellence that to date has served over 4,000 patients. Neo now leads the National NCD Program at Ministry of Health and Wellness in her home country Botswana, where she oversees development of strategies to prevent and control NCDs leveraging the primary care platform and the HIV experienceShe is also engaged in   implementation research as an avenue to generate evidence that is vital to informed and innovative public health decision-making.