Early in the program, the main challenge was proving that children living with HIV could be provided high quality care and treatment (and adhere to treatment) in resource-poor settings and show positive measurable results. The pilot project in the Romanian clinic that led to the development of the BIPAI model addressed this challenge, and since then the model has been replicated in six countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.
BIPAI brought together other corporate donors, multi-laterals such as UNICEF, and governmental agencies such as USAID/PEPFAR, CDC, and NIH to partner with the program country’s Ministry of Health. In addition to helping the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) bring together donors and partners for the pediatric AIDS program, these initiatives gave birth to new global health programs, including but not limited to malnutrition, malaria, tuberculosis, cancer, sickle cell anemia and neglected tropical diseases.
The partnership objectives are: