BIPAIBaylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (Texas Children's Hospital; Houston, Texas)
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BIPAI provides medication and care to more than 200,000 children and families in eight countries, which is more than double the number of HIV-infected children in care in every medical center in the United States, Canada and Western Europe combined.
In addition to BIPAI, the Global Health Initiative at Texas Children's Hospital includes a center for vaccine development for neglected tropical diseases, led in partnership with the Sabin Vaccine Institute; the Childhood Tuberculosis Program; the Global Hematology / Oncology Initiative, including a first of its kind sickle cell initiative; the Global Women's Health Initiative; the Global Surgery Initiative, including efforts to address both general pediatric surgery and cardiovascular surgery; Texas Children's Global Health Corps; a program targeting global gaps in pediatric emergency medicine; a maternal child health platform addressing preventable child death; and broader newborn and child health efforts in Latin America.
Mark Kline, the first BIPAI center was established in Romania in 2001, rapidly expanding into Botswana, Uganda, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Burkina Faso and Libya.
Kline, physician-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital, chair of pediatrics at BCM and founder of BIPAI.
His leadership will ensure significant strides in our globalization efforts and represents a major step forward in building on the BIPAI legacy to serve children and their families throughout the world.
Today, the BIPAI network clinics treat more than 26,000 children, representing the largest population of treated children with HIV in the developing world.
BIPAI was established in 1996 and is the largest university-based program worldwide dedicated to improving the health and lives of HIV-infected children.
The BIPAI Romania program shows that programs to treat children in these settings can succeed and should be replicated.