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Botswana-Baylor Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

June 14, 2013

Representatives of the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), Texas Children's Hospital, Bristol-Meyer Squibb Foundation, and the Botswana Ministry of Health celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Center of Excellence, which has provided HIV/AIDS treatment to more than 6,000 children. When the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) opened the clinic, HIV prevalence in Botswana was 39 percent and many medical experts considered the situation "hopeless," according to BIPAI Founder Dr. Mark Kline, physician-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital and J.S. Abercrombie Professor and BCM's pediatrics chair.

BIPAI launched its pilot program in Romania and then expanded to Botswana, the hardest hit nation in sub-Saharan Africa. The BIPAI family-centered model of HIV/AIDS care has been replicated since then across Africa. Kline stated that BIPAI has provided HIV/AIDS care and treatment for more than 168,000 HIV-infected children and family members worldwide.

The clinic, which was Africa's first comprehensive pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment center, started in two rooms of the Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. Support from the Bristol-Meyer Squibb Foundation made the clinic opening possible. The clinic soon had 200 patients and now has established "decentralized outreach programs" that provide HIV/AIDS treatment to approximately 6,300 children.

Bristol-Meyer Squibb Foundation also has supported a new HIV/AIDS center targeting adolescents, the Baylor-Bristol-Myers Squibb Phatsimong ("place to shine") Adolescent Center in Botswana. The adolescent center aims to engage all stakeholders -- government, HIV-infected adolescents and their families, community organizations, and healthcare providers -- in supporting HIV-infected people in having careers, families, and productive lives. The BIPAI Teen Club, formerly based at the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Center of Excellence, now will be located at the adolescent center. The Teen Club, which has more than 1,000 members, has been replicated in BIPAI sites, including Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Uganda, and Tanzania.

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Adapted from:
Baylor College of Medicine
06.11.2013; Dana Benson


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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