Timeline of Accomplishments:
• Michael B. Mizwa is named Chief Executive Officer of BIPAI. Mizwa also serves as Director of Global Health at Texas Children’s Hospital, which includes more than 16 clinical care and capacity building programs at the BIPAI Network sites around the world. This global child health Network provides a framework for some of the top maternal and child health specialists in the world to share best practices and resources in care and treatment, medical education, and clinical and operational research focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition, neglected tropical diseases, maternal health and other conditions impacting the health and well-being of children and families worldwide.
• BIPAI celebrates 20 years of providing life-saving care, treatment and health professional training in resource-limited settings around the world. BIPAI operates a Network of non-governmental organizations that provide care and capacity building in Romania, Argentina, Colombia and 10 countries on the African continent. BIPAI provides specialized training, technical assistance, capacity building and health systems strengthening to numerous partner programs worldwide.
• Salud y Autosuficiencia Indígenas en La Guajira (SAIL) - a Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Colombia program in collaboration with BIPAI, Texas Children's Hospital and Chevron to improve health outcomes in the remote La Guajira region of Colombia - wins first place in the National Nutrition Awards sponsored by the Exitó Foundation in the category of Promoción Nutrición Materno Infantil – 1000 días (Advancing Maternal-Child Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days). The award ceremony was presided over by many Colombian luminaries, including First Lady of Colombia María Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos.
• The Botswana-Baylor Children’s Center of Excellence Trust and the government of Botswana sign a memorandum of agreement to build the first children’s cancer and hematology center of excellence in Gaborone, which will be a collaboration between government of Botswana, Botswana-Baylor Children’s Trust, BIPAI and Texas Children’s Hospital.
• USAID awards a $69.8 million grant to Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation–Malawi to support and expand HIV/AIDS programs in Southern Africa. The grant will fund a dynamic and innovative project called Technical Support to PEPFAR Programs in the Southern Africa Region, or TSP. TSP is a collaborative program that includes ICAP at Columbia University and Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundations in Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Angola to support PEPFAR programs.
• BIPAI expands in Latin America with the establishment of the Baylor-College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Argentina, a maternal-child health program in Añelo, Argentina, with an aim to decrease child and maternal morbidity and mortality in partnership with Chevron.
• Texas Children’s Tuberculosis Centre of Excellence opens in Eswatini. The TB Centre is uniquely designed for children with a child-friendly space and advanced laboratory and X-ray equipment that allows doctors to diagnose TB in one day rather than traditional approaches that take up to six weeks. It is located on the campus of the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Eswatini and is a partnership between Baylor-Eswatini, BIPAI, Texas Children’s Hospital and government of Eswatini.
• On World AIDS Day 2015, physicians, staff and patients of the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence (COE) in Lesotho celebrate the progress and promise that marks 10 years since the clinic opened. Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso attended and gave the keynote address.
• On World Hepatitis Day 2015, BIPAI, Baylor Black Sea Foundation and AbbVie Foundation join forces to address the urgent need for increased Hepatitis C awareness, prevention, treatment and care services in Romania – the European country with the highest prevalence of the disease.
• The 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence is attended by representatives of Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and the Botswana Ministry of Health, all of whom reflected on the significant role this program has played in catalyzing expanded access to lifesaving treatment for African children suffering from HIV/AIDS. BIPAI also celebrates the official opening of the Baylor-Bristol-Myers Squibb Phatsimong (“place to shine”) Adolescent Centre in Botswana in order to meet the needs of its growing adolescent population.
• Baylor College of Medicine Black Sea Foundation secures a multi-year commitment from Chevron Romania and AmeriCares to increase the availability of medications and medical supplies at selected public and private hospitals in Romania.
• Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Colombia is created to improve health outcomes in La Guajira, Colombia, one of the country’s most impoverished states with a large indigenous community and high child and maternal mortality rates. Called SAIL (Salud y Autosuficiencia Indígenas en La Guajira), the program is supported by Chevron, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine and aims to decrease high child and maternal morbidity and mortality rates. Texas Children’s Hospital Global Health Corps physicians will be stationed in La Guajira to lead the program, working closely with local healthcare professionals in public clinics and hospitals to address pediatric and family health needs through health professional training and direct patient care.
• Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN) launches in Botswana and Uganda. This $3.6 million three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health enables researchers to study the genetic factors that affect the progression of tuberculosis and HIV in one of the largest populations infected with the diseases yet to be studied - children in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative includes collaborators from two BIPAI Network sites - the Botswana-Baylor Children's Centre of Excellence and the Baylor-Uganda Children's Clinical Center of Excellence, along with Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Botswana and Baylor College of Medicine.
• BIPAI begins providing specialized pediatric and public health training at the University of Papua New Guinea.
• Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Lesotho expands clinical and educational efforts to reach the most remote villages of Lesotho with the opening of two new satellite clinical centers in the country: the Baylor College of Medicine-Bristol-Myers Squibb Satellite Children’s Centre of Excellence in Botha Bothe and the Baylor College of Medicine-Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence in Mokhotlong.
• Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meets with Texas Children's Global Health Corps physicians Dr. Yvonne Butler and Dr. Josephine Reece, who will work for approximately one year under a partnership between Chevron, Texas Children’s Hospital and BIPAI with John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Liberia. Drs. Butler and Reece will provide care to thousands of mothers and children while training hundreds of health care professionals.
• Chevron and Texas Children's Hospital announce a $6 million, five-year agreement to expand the Texas Children’s Global Health Corps program that provides life-saving pediatric health care, treatment and training to the most medically underserved populations in Africa. Chevron's contribution supports the recruitment and training of about 10 additional U.S. physicians on an annual basis to expand the program's focus into Angola and Liberia.
• The pediatric AIDS corps re-launches as Texas Children’s Global Health Corps and intends to send more physicians to cover both a broad spectrum of health needs and wide geographic span in partner countries with a focus on pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatric surgery. BIPAI expands the Global Health Corps in Angola with a focus on sickle cell disease screening and treatment.
• First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence in Gaborone as part of a week-long trip to Africa to promote youth leadership, education, health and wellness, with special emphasis on AIDS prevention. Obama also visits the Botswana-Baylor Adolescent Centre, which was established to teach leadership among teens and encourage young people to teach others HIV/AIDS education. She paints a panoramic mural at the center with scenes of children playing, homes, blue sky and African wildlife.
• The BIPAI Teen Club programs in Africa are cited by UNICEF as a best practice for providing the extra social support to HIV-infected adolescents patients in “Children and AIDS: Fifth Stocktaking Report 2010.”
• BIPAI opens two additional satellite children's clinical centers of excellence in Eswatini to expand the provision of family-centered HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention to rural populations. The centers, constructed with support from Abbott Fund (now AbbVie), are located at the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Manzini and Hlatikulu Government Hospital in Hlatikulu.
• The doors to a specialized pediatric HIV/AIDS outpatient clinic in Tanzania open in Mbeya, the region with the second highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country. The Mbeya pediatric center was established through a public-private partnership between BIPAI, the Abbott Fund, USAID and government of Tanzania.
• The Baylor College of Medicine Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence opens on the campus of the Bugando Medical Centre, the region's 900-bed, tertiary referral hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania. The center was established through a public-private partnership between BIPAI, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, USAID, and government of Tanzania.
• The largest Centre of Excellence in theBIPAI Network opens in Kampala, Uganda with support from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.
• Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine become the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Perinatal-Neonatal Health with a mandate to strengthen maternal child health in the Americas. Through this partnership, Texas Children's and Baylor have worked in partnership with governments in 10 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to build health professional capacity through education and training, implementation of best practices for care and treatment of children in resource-limited settings, roll-out of quality improvement initiatives, and the creation of unique and highly effective partnerships.
• BIPAI expands further in Africa, opening Centres of Excellence in Mbabane, Eswatini with support from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and Lilongwe, Malawi with support from Abbot Fund (now AbbVie).
• BIPAI, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital launch the pediatric AIDS corps, modeled after the U.S. Peace Corps, and designed to scale-up care and treatment for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
• BIPAI expands in Africa, opening a Centre of Excellence in Maseru, Lesotho with support from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.
• Botswana-Baylor Children’s Centre of Excellence Trust and BIPAI opens a Centre of Excellence in Gaborone, Botswana with support from Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Secure the Future program. It is Africa’s first-ever stand-alone pediatric AIDS clinic.
• Baylor Black Sea Foundation and BIPAI open the first Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence in Constanta, Romania. By providing these children with access to care and treatment, mortality rates among children reduced dramatically.
• The first edition of the BIPAI HIV Nursing Curriculum is published. The first edition was written specifically for nurses, but we soon learned that health professionals of all kinds were seeking and benefiting from the information. The subsequent three editions, titled HIV Curriculum for the Health Professional, were updated to provide nurses, physicians, social workers, counselors, home-care workers, and students with the information they need to understand HIV and to offer the highest standard of compassionate care for HIV-infected patients. More than 50,000 copies of the publication were distributed in 51 countries.
• BIPAI begins work in Botswana. In a small, repurposed storage closet, children in sub-Saharan Africa receive HIV treatment for the first time.
• BIPAI becomes one of 29 AIDS International Training and Research Programs (AITRPs) nationally. The AITRP began in 1988 as one of the first of a new generation of research training programs sponsored by the Fogarty International Center of the United States National Institutes of Health. The primary goal of the AITRP was to build multi-disciplinary biomedical, behavioral and social science research capacity for the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS and HIV-related conditions for those adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS in collaborating countries. The AITRP supported long-term (2-3 years) postdoctoral training in HIV/AIDS research at Baylor College of Medicine for health-professionals from collaborating countries.
• The Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) establishes a pediatric HIV clinic in Constanţa, Romania at the Infectious Diseases Hospital.
• Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine launch Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital (BIPAI) with a goal of improving the health and lives of HIV-infected children and families globally through expanded access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment, capacity building, health professional education and training and clinical research.