Together, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine have responded to underserved communities in Houston, the surrounding region and the world since the hospital opened in 1954.
Today, Texas Children’s Global Health partners with more than 18 governments, UNICEF, USAID, CDC, WHO and many others, to share its expertise and best practices around the world. With a strong focus on sustainability, Texas Children’s places its professionals in resource-limited areas designed to improve the lives of children and women, including:
- Educating local physicians in the specialized care of children and mothers with HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, cancer, blood diseases and other conditions
- Placing doctors in countries with severe shortages of pediatric subspecialists
- Providing maternal health services and expertise to help babies and their mothers survive and thrive.
- Helping governments set policies that affect maternal and child health
- Conducting ethical research into the treatment of childhood diseases in resource-limited settings
- Maximizing the benefits of its work through strategic partnerships
- Bringing physicians from other countries to Houston for specialized training in pediatric subspecialties
- Publishing educational resources for health professionals and families to improve knowledge of the care and treatment of childhood diseases everywhere
Texas Children’s Global Health aims to serve as a leader in creating viable, long-term health care solutions for children and mothers worldwide.
To address healthcare needs in resource limited settings locally and globally by improving maternal and child health through the implementation of innovative, sustainable, in-country programs to train health professionals and build functional healthcare infrastructure.
Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine launched 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. Now it is 20th year, BIPAI operates a Network of clinical centers of excellence, clinics and programs in Houston, Romania, and 10 countries on the African continent and provides specialized training, technical assistance, capacity building and health systems strengthening to numerous partner programs worldwide. This global child health Network provides a framework for some of the best 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 and other conditions impacting the health and well-being of children and families worldwide.
Texas Children's, Baylor and BIPAI launched the Pediatric AIDS Corps (PAC), modeled after the U.S. Peace Corps, and designed to scale-up care and treatment for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. The program, re-launched in 2011 as Texas Children’s Global Health Corps (GHC) and intended to cover both a broad spectrum of health needs and wide geographic span, has now successfully placed more than 200 highly-trained physicians in partner countries with a focus on pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatric surgery.
Texas Children's and Baylor became 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 with WHO, 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.
In partnership with Texas Children’s, Baylor launched the National School of Tropical Medicine (NSTM). NSTM is one of the first of its kind in North America devoted to the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that disproportionately afflict "the bottom billion," the world's poorest people who live below the World Bank poverty level. NSTM provides training programs to allow a new cadre of health professionals to conduct innovative, fundamental, translational and clinical research in the field of tropical medicine.
Complementing this educational capacity building for tropical diseases, the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, is a non-profit Product Development Partnership that develops sustainable and cost-effective vaccines for preventable diseases caused by widespread NTDs.
Texas Children’s Global Health partners with more than 18 governments, UNICEF, USAID, CDC, WHO and many others, to share its expertise and best practices around the world. Our partners include:
- AbbVie (formerly Abbott Fund)
- Amigos de las Americas
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
- Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
- NIH / Fogarty International Center
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- U.S. Department of State
- World Health Organization
- Numerous foreign governments (Ministries of Health)