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In pursuit of Excellence in health sector

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Tenacious and hardworking, Iris Penny Mosweu is a Motswana scholar making a mark in the United Kingdom.

A Research Associate at King’s College – one of UK’s highly ranked institutions and a Fellow in the Department of Health Policy at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science, Mosweu is working on the cost effectiveness of interventions within randomized controlled trials and the use of decision modeling in HIV, cardiology, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and mental health.

As a firm believer that the most singular urgent need for any society to thrive is strong and healthy communities, Mosweu is excited about eventually coming back to Botswana to share her knowledge with the whole continent of Africa.

She says, “My interest extends to applying health economics methods in Health Economics methods in low and middle income countries and to support this I have published a book chapter and I am currently working on a systematic review assessing evidence of health economics in Africa.”

As a seminar leader in the Health Policy department at LSE, her role entails teaching various modules that include; Health Economics, Financing Health Care, Statistical methods in Health Care Economic Evaluation, Economic Analysis for Health Policy in Low – and Middle –Income countries, Cost effectiveness in Health Care, Resource Allocation and Cost effectiveness Analysis and Economics of the Pharmaceutical Sector.

“Investment in health and wellness will certainly yield results in all sectors of any economy. It is not just about attending to people’s needs but also ensuring policies and systems are in place to address various challenges.”

Driven by her pursuit of excellence in the health sector, Mosweu is also a final PHD student with her research examining the economic impact of late uptake and non – adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) among HIV patients in England.

Her PhD work is primarily based on an NIHR funded program evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an engagement support intervention for HIV patients initiating ART.

The health economics component of the program is a trial-based economic evaluation, augmented by a Markov model to assess the long-term cost-effectiveness of this complex intervention
Although she admits it is overwhelming juggling all her responsibilities, Mosweu never backs down from an opportunity to collaborate and add value to others in academic pursuit or social context.

DETERMINED: Mosweu

Her convivial spirit towards her fellow countrymen and women arriving in the UK, especially London where she is based has earned her the nickname, “Welcoming Committee,” which she has graciously accepted.

“Relocation is not for the faint hearted and those that prefer their comfort zones. Making a transition can be daunting. There is so much that is different. Hence a little kindness goes a long way in ensuring others have a better time,” she says with a smile.

She started her career with the Ministry of Health in Botswana in 2000 where her research included evaluating the health financing system and assessing national health accounts.

In 2005 she joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Project Associate responsible for monitoring and evaluation of programs in Botswana.

In 2007 she moved to the UK to study for her MSc, and subsequently joined King’s College in 2008, bidding it farewell not too long ago to join the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) which is ranked 2nd in the world for social sciences and management and regarded as an international centre of academic excellence.

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Zeus to release Pieces of the Now

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Zeus to release Pieces of the Now

One of the few local artists to ever receive the coveted Chanel O award for the category Best Male Award ; Zeus (Game Bantsi ) is currently working on his much awaited album, which he hopes will reignite his 2014 fame.

Voice Entertainment visited Zeus at one of his rehearsals where he is also preparing for his fourth album, which will be called ‘Pieces of the Now’

The last time Zeus released an album was back in 2013 dubbed “African Time”. Commenting on his next offering Zeus said, “The coming album will have about 15 songs but as you can imagine we have not finilised the list. I have featured about four guys in the album one guy called Rane Rap who is based in the US and another rapper from Namibia called Dollars or Yens as well as Owie and ONx Da Poet.
It is a really exciting project that has been a long time coming and I really can’t wait to have it out,” Zeus said.

Catching up on his thoughts on the state of the of Hip Hop at the moment, the “Gijima” rapper said, “Today’s hip hop music is more diverse that it gets credit for. The biggest problem is not that everything had gravitated to one sound, which is an arguable view, the biggest problem is how media covers the current hip hop.”

Asked to elaborate Zeus said, “There aren’t enough acts who are very organic in their appeal who get coverage. There is still a lot of lyricism in the game.”

But who does Zeus believe is the best rapper in BW? The energetic rapper who is also part of the organizing committee of popular Jam4brunch event said, “There are different traits we can look at and each one of those traits someone excels at. Ideally you would want an artist who can bring all those together from flow, to content to multiple perspectives and storytelling. When I think of flow, I think of Veezo View. When I think about say perspective a guy like Frost comes to mind.”

When I think of new age hip hop trap soul kind of vibe a guy like Manne dilla comes to mind, But if I am to name someone who brings it all together I would say arguably ATI. I can’t overlook him. But all the other mentions are special names,” Zeus said.

However there is no MC Zeus will rather not face , “One thing I have maintained is that one should be always ready to fight. I am confident enough to say there is no one I would shy away from if they want to go at it.”

Zues has another collaborative project with rapper Nomadic also expected to be released this year.

In the mean time he has released his single, Gotta get mine, which has shot up the ranks in the local charts.

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Jujuvine at Maruapula Pub

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Jujuvine at Maruapula Pub

Maruapula Pub in Gabane will tonight host a number of artist such as Jujuvine, Makhesho, Bro Spike, Coming Soon and Tlotlo The Vocalist.

They will be joined on stage by DJ Snaps, Sniper and Mc Shakes.

Revellers will go in for free with Black and white being the dress code.

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Casper the DJ hosts one man show

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Casper the DJ hosts one man show

After being snubbed during the YAMAs nomination, Casper The DJ is not someone to cry over a missed opportunity but work harder.

He will on the 29th February host a One Man Show at Notwane Lifestyle Club.

Gate pass is P50 pre sold and P80 at the gate.

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