Sheila Dinotshe Tlou, 2009-10 Weissberg Chair
Sheila Dinotshe Tlou was the 11th Weissberg Chair in International Studies. Her residency took place March 7-14, 2010 and focused on the role of public health in human rights. Featured in the residency were a teaching workshop on Global Health and the Liberal Arts Curriculum and the Weissberg Conference: The Right to Health.
Dr. Tlou is a Member of Parliament and former Minister of Health of the Republic of Botswana. A Professor of Nursing at the University of Botswana and former Director of a WHO Collaborating Centre in Primary Health Care, She has conducted research and taught courses to nursing, pre-medical and social science students on Gender issues in HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Ageing and Older Persons. She has played a key role in the development of national nursing and pre-medical education curricula, working to broaden the scope of Health Sciences education in her home country of Botswana. Prof. Tlou has been involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Botswana since 1985.
Dr. Tlou holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Sciences and post-graduate Certificates in Women’s Health and Gender Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed a Masters degree in Nursing Education and Instruction at Columbia University, and a Master of Science in Nursing at the Catholic University of America.
She has published on numerous gender-related topics, including HIV/AIDS, Older Persons, Menopause, and community- based approaches to HIV and AIDS prevention. Among her publications is a 2002 book she co- wrote with Essex, Mboup and Kanki entitled, "AIDS in Africa". In 2001, she addressed the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on "Women, the Girl Child and HIV/AIDS", and was a panelist in sessions on Women and HIV/AIDS at the UN Special General Assembly on AIDS (UNGAS).
She has received several national and international awards, among them the 2007 Woman Leading Change Award from the World YWCA, the 2004 Emang Basadi Award for Leadership in HIV/ AIDS, the 2003 Florence Nightingale Award from the International Red Cross Society, the 2002 Botswana Presidential Order of Honour, and the 2002 Anna Reynvaan Award from the Amsterdam Medical Centre. She is the United Nations Eminent Person for Women, Girls, and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa.