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.
- 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 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.
- Baylor-Malawi, Texas Children’s Global Women’s Health program and the government of Malawi dedicate four obstetric surgical theatres at Area 25 Health Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi to provide safe cesarean deliveries.
- Baylor-Botswana, Texas Children’s Global HOPE program and the government of Botswana agree to build the first children’s hematology and cancer center of excellence in Gaborone.
- BIPAI expands in Latin America with the establishment of a program in Añelo, Argentina, with an aim to decrease child and maternal morbidity and mortality.
- Texas Children’s opens the Tuberculosis Centre of Excellence in Mbabane, Eswatini. The advanced facility allows doctors to diagnose patients with TB in one day.
- BIPAI establishes its first program in Latin America in Colombia to reduce child and maternal morbidity rates in the state of La Guajira.
- Baylor-Malawi, Texas Children’s Global Women’s Health program, government of Malawi, Malawi College of Medicine and other international partners implement the country’s first OB/GYN residency training program at Kamuzu Central Hospital.
- BIPAI begins providing specialized pediatric and public health training at the University of Papua New Guinea.
- BIPAI celebrates 10 years in Botswana and the opening of the Phatsimong Adolescent Centre in Gaborone to address the specific needs of HIV-positive teens.
- In partnership with Texas Children’s, Baylor launches 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.
- The Pediatric AIDS Corps re-launches as Texas Children’s Global Health Corps (GHC) and intendes 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. BIPAI expands the Global Health Corps in Angola with a focus on sickle cell disease screening and treatment.
- BIPAI opens two Centres of Excellence in Tanzania at Mbeya Referral Hospital in Mbeya and Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania.
- BIPAI’s largest Centre of Excellence opens in Kampala, Uganda.
- 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.
- BIPAI expands further in Africa, opening Centres of Excellence in Mbabane, Eswatini and Lilongwe, Malawi.
- 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.
- BIPAI expands in Africa, opening a Centre of Excellence in Maseru, Lesotho.
- BIPAI opens a Centre of Excellence in Gaborone, with support from Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Secure the Future program, to replace the tiny BANA clinic. It is Africa’s first-ever stand-alone pediatric AIDS clinic.
- BIPAI dedicates the first Centre of Excellence for pediatric HIV in Constanţa, Romania with support from the Abbott Fund.
- BIPAI begins work in Botswana. Behind the white door of a repurposed storage closet, children in sub-Saharan Africa receive HIV treatment for the first time.
- The Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) establishes a pediatric HIV clinic in Constanţa, Romania
- 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.
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)