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Since 2003, the COE has provided state-of-the-art paediatric HIV care, treatment and support to children throughout Botswana.

The Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence (COE) is a public-private partnership between the Government of Botswana and the Baylor College of Medicine Baylor International Paediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI). Founded in 1996, BIPAI is the largest university-based program worldwide dedicated to improving the health and lives of HIV-positive children. Currently the COE provides care to 2,404 patients from Greater Gaborone and over 4,000 Batswana children at its outreach and mentorship sites. The clinic continues to lead the way in the field of paediatric HIV care in Africa and beyond.

Due to the success of PMTCT and the provision of life-saving ART, Botswana has witnessed a rapid growth in the number of teenagers living with HIV.  However, this growing adolescent population also poses a number of challenges which weeMany children, who without ART would otherwise have died, have survived into their teens. Initially most HIV-related paediatric deaths occurred in the first two years of life, but with the advent of HAART, this mortality curve has shifted to older children. In 2005, we introduced psychosocial support targeted at adolescences, notable Teen Club, Camp Hope, Tutoring Program, Young Adults Support Group, Teen Mothers’ Support Group, In-reach (home visits) and Outreach Mentorship Program.