Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) Network
The BIPAI Network has played a critical role in catalyzing pediatric HIV care and treatment since its formation in 1996. The Network has grown to now be the largest provider of pediatric HIV care in the world and its scope has expanded to include tuberculosis, malnutrition, sickle cell disease, oncology, cardiology, emergency medicine and maternal health.
Leveraging diverse private and public funds, the BIPAI Network of NGOs has a long record of developing local clinical, technical and management capacity through mentorship and workforce training at all levels, from peer supporters to physicians, nurses and pharmacists, to administrative staff and executive leaders. Capacitation efforts cover all facets of program implementation to ensure local sustainability. Headquartered in Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital and in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, BIPAI provides access to the extensive resources of these world-class institutions and expert technical assistance, staff presence and support for physical infrastructure to our network of affiliated local NGOs in Argentina, Botswana, Colombia, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Romania, Tanzania and Uganda.
Each NGO in the BIPAI Network is a fully independent, locally registered organization. There is strong affiliation and cooperation between the foundations throughout the BIPAI network.
The BIPAI Network shares best practices and findings from clinical and operational research that inform development of joint tools and programming across the network. BIPAI Network leaders are internationally recognized experts who regularly provide national and international technical and policy consultations. BIPAI Network NGOs have influenced policy and best practices on national and regional levels, produced tools for rapid expansion of pediatric HIV services, demonstrated successful treatment outcomes for children with HIV through rigorous multi-country clinical and operational research, and advocated for simpler and more effective PMTCT strategies (Option B+).
BIPAI supports the network to create curricula tailored to the structure and needs of the local health systems in each country. The Network has cumulatively trained more than 100,000 healthcare professionals across five continents, and provides an HIV Curriculum for Health Professionals as a free resource that has been widely used globally.
Texas Children's Global Health Corps
Responding to a crisis in HIV pediatric care in the early 2000s, BIPAI developed a pediatric AIDS corps to augment the physician workforce in countries with pediatric physician shortages. As the scope of BIPAI work expanded beyond HIV, the program became the Texas Children’s Global Health Corps.
These physicians provide clinical care to women, infants and children, and are directly responsible for training and overseeing healthcare workers at outreach sites throughout the BIPAI Network. This group of dedicated individuals enable BIPAI to provide expert in-country and regional technical assistance.