Secure the Future Children's Clinics & Pediatric AIDS Corps

Partnership Objective

Build health care infrastructure and health care worker capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

The creation of the Pediatric AIDS Corp enabled Secure the FutureĀ® to stay ahead of the curve and adapt its funding priorities to the evolving situation on the ground. The creation of the Pediatric AIDS Corp enabled Secure the FutureĀ® to stay ahead of the curve and adapt its funding priorities to the evolving situation on the ground. Copyright GBC Health/ BMS

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Bristol-Myers Squibb's Secure The Future® program, in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas, USA), has established the BMS Children’s Clinical Centers of Excellence, a network of six clinical centers for children and families with HIV/AIDS.

The first clinical center opened in Botswana in 2003. Additional children's clinical centers are located in Lesotho, Swaziland, Uganda and Tanzania. The last center was opened in Kisumu, Kenya in 2012. These centers add capacity to fight HIV/AIDS by providing modern facilities for testing, treating and monitoring children and their families, as well as training of local health care professionals. Outreach centers are located in remote locations in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.

To increase the number of trained pediatric specialists in sub-Saharan Africa, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Secure The Future® program and Baylor College of Medicine created the Pediatric AIDS Corps, which sent 50 doctors per year over five years (2006-11) to Africa to treat more than 100,000 children and train local health care professionals.

Additional Secure The Future® projects provide education, psychosocial care and support for orphans and vulnerable children, training, food security and income-generating projects for caregivers; and works to reduce stigma and encourage testing.

Lessons learned                         

The creation of the Pediatric AIDS Corp enabled Secure the Future® to stay ahead of the curve and adapt its funding priorities to the evolving situation on the ground. 

Summary of impact through December 2013 and forward looking information

  • 110,000 mothers and children have received or are receiving care through the Children’s Clinical Centers of Excellence or outreach sites, including those trained by the Pediatric Aids Corps.
  • 128 doctors were recruited to serve in the Pediatric AIDS Corp, with a median duration of stay in Africa of 21 months.
  • The Pediatric AIDS Corps trained an average of 2,000 African health professionals per month over a five-year period. More than 50 outreach sites were certified and 52,000 health care workers trained.
  • In addition, the Pediatric Aids Corps helped reduced the annual mortality rate and increased the treatment efficacy of HIV/AIDS patients receiving HAART therapy, and improved the nutritional status for 56.3% of these patients, over a five-year period.
  • The last BMS Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence (Kisumu, Kenya) is scheduled to open in 2012.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) Botswana Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso Minsitry of Health, Kenya Ministry of Health, Lesotho Ministry of Health, Malawi Ministry of Health, Swaziland Ministry of Health, Tanzania Ministry of Health, Uganda Ministry of Health

Type of Partner(s) Government

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health, Mental and Neurological Disorders, Infectious Diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Children's Health, Depression, HIV/AIDS, Malnutrition, Mental Disorders, Mental Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Children, Mothers, Patients in needs of treatment, People with low income, Women

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 8

Country(ies) Botswana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda

Start Date 1999

More information GBC Health Case Study

Completed date 2012