Vision

To be the model of pediatric excellence, empowering health professionals and communities to ensure sustainable, superior HIV/AIDS care, enabling healthy and fulfilling lives for the children of Tanzania and their families

Mission

To conduct a program of high quality, high impact, highly ethical pediatric and family HIV/AIDS care and treatment, health professional training and locally relevant operational research

Summary

Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Tanzania (Baylor-Tanzania) is a patient-centered, pediatric HIV prevention and treatment program with the goal of contributing the reduction of HIV/AIDS-related morbidity and mortality among infants, children and adolescents in Tanzania. In addition, Baylor-Tanzania provides comprehensive care and treatment for pediatric tuberculosis, malnutrition, cancer and other complicated or chronic pediatric conditions. Through direct service delivery and clinical attachment training at our two Centers of Excellence (COEs) in Mbeya and Mwanza, as well as health professional training and mentorship provided at outreach facilities in the Lake and Southern Highlands Zones, Baylor-Tanzania currently provides direct care for more than 6,224 children.
 
Children are a vastly underserved population in this country hard hit by HIV/AIDS. Baylor-Tanzania staff currently work in regional and district hospitals and other health facilities of lower levels to develop relationships with partner organizations and health professionals at all levels to enhance care to children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The team’s doctors devote significant time and effort to building capacity for pediatric health services by mentoring and training health care professionals, most of whom have no formal training or have limited training in pediatrics or the complexities of treating immune-compromised children.

Key Facts

COE - Mbeya

  • Location: Mbeya Referral Hospital
  • Years in operation: 8
  • Services: tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, hematology & oncology, palliative care, malnutrition
  • Patients in care: 6,200 patients reached at both COE’s
  • Total employees: 57
  • Total GHC doctors: 3
  • Total health professionals trained: 528
  • Total budget: $2.1 million

COE - Mwanza

  • Location: Bugando Medical Center
  • Years in operation: 8
  • Services: tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, hematology & oncology, palliative care, malnutrition
  • Patients in care: 6,200 patients reached at both COE’s
  • Total employees: 56
  • Total GHC doctors: 2
  • Total budget: $2.4 million

Highlights

Clinical

Baylor-Tanzania supports six regions in Southern Highlands and eight regions in the Lake zone with pediatric care and treatment services. Baylor-Tanzania supports Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) with technical support at national, regional and district level to implement a broad range of HIV and AIDS services. Our staff consisting of a team of pediatricians, medical doctors, nurses, nutritionists, social worker, pharmacists and peer educators providing care and treatment to Tanzanian children and their families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The team works on the general pediatric wards; provides education and training to health workers, particularly mentoring and monthly outreach trips to smaller hospitals in the regions. Our activities focus on:
  • Increasing pediatric HIV case identification;
  • Improving access to pediatric care and treatment;
  • Raising awareness of pediatric HIV and AIDS with key regional and district partners;
  • Increasing community HIV and AIDS awareness through its community testing events, integrated community nutritional screening and facility based Provider Initiated Testing and Counseling (PITC) programs;
  • Providing HIV management training to pediatric ward, outpatient and RCH service providers with the aim of impacting on outcomes of HIV positive and exposed children;
  • Collaborating with other partners operating  in the Southern Highlands and Lake zone to heighten awareness and services provision of pediatrics HIV and AIDS issues

Adolescent

Baylor-Tanzania has continued its youth-focused program “Adolescent Advocates,” that gives adolescents an opportunity to gain life skills, work experience and make contributions to patient care in the clinic. Participants are trained to take patient vital signs, to assist in the pharmacy and to provide peer adherence support for other adolescent clients. Implemented in 2013, the program has seen 11 adolescents graduate; many have been employed as community health workers or have enrolled in further studies.
 

Psycho-Social

In addition to programs aimed at encouraging youth engagement with the health system, Baylor-Tanzania provides programs to address the needs of various populations in Tanzania. These initiatives include a Teen Club, a high risk social program and a pediatric sexual assault treatment program.  
 

Training & Education

Training and capacity building are vital to the successful development of effective healthy delivery systems. Baylor-Tanzania maintains its commitment to building the capacity of health workers to respond to the needs of the communities that we serve. Our training of health workers is carried out through clinical attachments and mentorship programs.