Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence (Botswana-Baylor) is a national general care and treatment facility that provides services in Gaborone, Botswana. We serve children, adolescents, and young adults and their families from around the country. Our services include treatment for HIV and associated infections and now extend to oncology care and treatment for patients nationally. Also, we act as a major research hub contributing valuable information to the international HIV and oncology communities. Botswana-Baylor is a public-private partnership between the government of Botswana and Baylor College of Medicine’s Baylor International Paediatric AIDS Initiative, which was launched in June 2003. Botswana-Baylor is registered under the laws of Botswana as a Trust. It is located on the campus of the Princess Marina Hospital, the largest tertiary care referral hospital in Botswana. Botswana-Baylor provides free-of-charge, state-of-the-art pediatric HIV, oncology, and blood disorder care, treatment, and support to children, adolescents, and their families at the main clinic in Gaborone and through decentralized outreach services across the country. Botswana-Baylor is a leader in the field of pediatric HIV and cancer care in Botswana, the Southern Africa region, and beyond.
The Global HOPE (Haematology-Oncology Paediatric Excellence) initiative, a partnership between several institutions, including the Texas Children’s Cancer and Haematology Centre and the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Centre of Excellence Trust, has improved the care of children with cancer and blood disorders in Botswana since 2007. The Paediatric Haematology Oncology (PHO) program is located at Princess Marina Hospital, offering comprehensive PHO services. In June 2016, the Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness formalized its partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital to construct the Botswana Children’s Cancer and Haematology Centre of Excellence (COE). Texas Children’s Hospital and the government of Botswana will cooperate on scientific, technical, and medical initiatives to dramatically improve pediatric cancer and hematology care throughout the country. Plans are underway to build the PHO COE adjacent to Sir KetumileMasire Teaching Hospital at the University of Botswana. Because the construction is expected to take over three years, hematology and oncology services will be relocated to Sir KetumileMasire Teaching Hospital during 2020. These services are currently provided at Princess Marina Hospital Paediatric Ward.