A future where all children are living longer and healthier lives.
To provide high quality comprehensive family centred health care, education and clinical research.
Working in partnerships • Respecting our partners • Prizing teamwork • Embracing and valuing diversity • Focusing on solutions and not problems • Seeing an opportunity in every challenge • The total is greater than the sum of the individual parts
Genome Adventures is an innovative Wellcome Trust community engagement initiative of the Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN). CAfGEN is a member of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa consortium (H3 Africa) and is coordinated by the Botswana Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence (COE). Genome Adventures utilises capacity building workshops, educational comics and social media to engage community stakeholders, media practitioners and the general public especially the youth in genomics and biomedical research.Download Comic Books
There are currently 2,404 patients on our active follow up list, 55% of whom fall under WHO clinical stage 3 or 4 – meaning moderate or severe HIV disease. The population under our care is composed of 962 young patients aged 12 years and below, 935 patients between the ages of 13 and 18, and 507 patients over 18 years. Our annual mortality rate remains low at 0.2%, due in part to the fact that 92% of our patients on HAART have an undetectable viral load.read more
The COE received a research grant of $3.64 million from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to coordinate the Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN), made up of the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence, the University of Botswana, the Baylor Uganda Children’s Foundation, Makerere University and Baylor College of Medicine.read more
The programme has compensated for the shortage of doctors in the clinic. We currently have 9 nurses trained in the provision of paediatric HIV/AIDS screening, care, and treatment. These nurses see more than half of our stable patients, and patient satisfaction remains high.read more
In the past six years, the project has made serious strides in three fundamental areas geared towards improving the diagnosis of tuberculosis in children in Botswana:
i) improved sputum collection in children, ii) the expansion of information, education and communication materials, and iii) and the development of a monitoring and evaluation system, resulting in the compilation of evidence which supports the Paediatric TB diagnostic algorithm.
The department is making significant contributions in providing holistic care and treatment to COE patients, more so because of the rapid growth in the population of adolescents, who are often faced with psychosocial challenges. Services provided include assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders.read more
For some children, school meals may be their main source of food, therefore during routine dietetic consultation at the COE, caregivers of such children are advised to encourage their children to eat at school in order to safeguard their nutritional health.read more
"The staff in the COE has displayed that they are passionate and driven towards the common vision of achieving excellence in the treatment and care of HIV affected and infected children. They all take pride in what they do for the children .The COE workforce comprises of staff directly employed by the COE Trust, specialists seconded from the Baylor College of Medicine and health professionals seconded from the Ministry of Health and PMH.Volunteers have also played an important role in enhancing some of the programs in the COE"
As the cornerstone of Baylor’s pioneering adolescent support services for HIV-positive youth, Teen Club continues to unite our teen patients. Every month, approximately 125 teenagers congregate at the COE in Gaborone, as well as an additional 142 at our eleven satellite sites around the country.
Together, they build support networks and develop life skills to prepare for a healthy and productive adulthood. In addition to covering HIV-related topics such as medication adherence, stigma and disclosure, Teen Club has developed teen-oriented activities that focus on financial literacy, budgeting, and career preparation.
Since the introduction of the supplemental tutoring programme in 2010, 153 students have been enrolled and 45 tutors (mostly volunteers from the University of Botswana) have generously dedicated their time to supporting our patients with their academic studies.
Annual week-long residential camps are provided to our patients in partnership with SeriousFun.
The Teen Mothers Support Group is intended to help pregnant adolescents develop appropriate parenting skills through monthly meetings dedicated to topics including family planning, medication adherence, feelings and emotions, sexual and reproductive health, baby care, financial literacy and gender based violence prevention.
There are currently 45 teen mothers enrolled in the support group.
Paediatric KITSO targets physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and other health professionals. The course is conducted over a period of 5 days at ART sites across Botswana. In 2013-2014, 11 paediatric KITSO courses were delivered in target ART sites, reaching 320 professionals drawn mainly from government hospitals and clinics.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Botswana-Baylor COE evaluated the performance of KITSO trained health workers in ten health districts, which demonstrated a need for continued training and refresher training to respond to frequent staff transfers and the evolving treatment needs of children as they transition into adolescence and adulthood.
Furing 2013-2014, 110 medical students, residents, fellows and other health professionals visited the COE as visiting scholars from various training programs in Botswana and from around the globe.
Visiting scholars spent most of their time in the COE shadowing and working alongside experienced providers.
Visiting scholars are afforded opportunities to participate in Teen Club activities, work at outreach sites alongside the outreach team, and/or spend time in wards at Princess Marina Hospital.