Baylor College of Medicine Fights Aids in Africa

Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine expands its mission to fight the AIDS epidemic. The school received a 22.5 million dollar grant for its international aids — initiative to build medical facilities in Tanzania. Pat Hernandez has more.


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Tanzania has about 1.4-million people with HIV/AIDS, and there is a huge need for treatment—especially among children.

“In sub-Saharan Africa as a whole about half all children born with HIV will die before the age of two without treatment.”

Dr. Mark Kline is president of Baylor’s pediatric AIDS initiative.

“What really has become rate limiting across sub-Saharan Africa in the availability of doctors and nurses who are knowledgeable in the care and treatment of HIV infected children, the availability of clinics to administer the treatment and laboratories to monitor it appropriately.”

The grant is the second Baylor has received from President Bush’s 48 billion dollar effort to fight the disease globally. Kline says with the two centers and satellite clinic facilities set to open in December 2009, they hope to provide treatment to at least 20-thousand Tanzanian children and train hundreds of health professionals.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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