The Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence (COE) was started as a public-private partnership between the government of Botswana and the Baylor College of Medicine Baylor International Paediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) in June 2003. In December the same year the centre was registered under the laws of Botswana as a Trust. The Trust was indigenised in 2013 but remains affiliated to BIPAI.
Since 2003, the COE has provided free-of-charge, state- of-the-art paediatric HIV care, treatment and support to children throughout Botswana. The services provided at the main clinic in Gaborone and the decentralized outreach sites across the country are based on a comprehensive approach that ensures that children and their families are cared for in the most appropriate way. Currently over 2,400 Batswana children receive care, treatment and support at the COE’s main clinic while many others are reached through its decentralised outreach and mentorship sites and teen clubs across the country. The clinic continues to lead the way in the field of paediatric HIV care in Botswana, the region, Africa and beyond.