Saturday, 30 August 2008

U.S., Tanzania governments partner with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative to open two new AIDS centers

From Baylor College of Medicine, Huston, Texas, United States of America
By Lori Williams

A public-private partnership will enable the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) to significantly expand its network of centers of excellence in Sub-Saharan Africa by building two clinics in Tanzania, a country hit hard by HIV/AIDS.

The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced today a grant award to BIPAI of $22.5 million over five years to support the operations of the two centers of excellence and associated satellite clinic facilities.

His Excellency Mr. Jakaya Kikwete, president of the United Republic of Tanzania, participated in the announcement in Washington D.C. The Tanzanian government is working in partnership with BIPAI to establish the two centers in Mbeya and Mwanza and to ensure their integration into existing public health programs. It is expected that the centers will provide care directly to at least 15,000 children. Another 4,400 children will receive care in associated satellite facilities.

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