The Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Center of Excellence was opened and officially dedicated by His Excellency Mr. Festus Mogae, President of the Republic of Botswana, on June 20, 2003. The facility, the first of its kind on the African continent, provides and supervises state-of-the-art care and treatment for more than 4,000 HIV-infected children and families from around Botswana, both at the center and through its decentralized clinical mentoring program. Staffed by Botswana and U.S. health professionals, the center of excellence provides primary and specialty medical care and social services for HIV-infected infants, children and their families. BIPAI Botswana maintains an annual mortality rate of <1%, a rate as good as any Western nation, and the majority of its patients are thriving.Education and training Health professional education and clinical research are integral to the center's mission. Collaborative education and training activities include development of curricula on pediatric health and HIV/AIDS for health professionals, short-term U.S.-Africa exchange fellowships, and long-term training for African health professionals at Baylor College of Medicine. Learn more about BIPAI Botswana’s education and training programs.
The Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Center of Excellence is the product of a partnership between BIPAI, the Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, and the government of Botswana. It was made possible by a $6 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Secure the Future program. The center is also supported by the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global AIDS Program.