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Milestones

In its 15-year history, the program has achieved a number of milestones, including:

  • Building a network of five Children's Clinical Centers of Excellence and satellite clinics, and establishing the Pediatric AIDS Corps, to treat HIV-positive children and their families in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine. More than 215,000 children are currently in care through the program.

  • Training over 52,000 health care professionals through the Pediatric AIDS Corps. http://www.bipai.org/

  • Extending its impact by leveraging the health care infrastructure built by SECURE THE FUTURE and its partners to focus on patients with HIV who also have other chronic conditions: – ENGAGE-TB, a collaboration between the World Health Organization and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, helps HIV patients co-infected with tuberculosis (TB). Since 2011, partners in South Africa, Ethiopia and Tanzania have screened nearly 32,000 people for TB and referred almost 2,000 to care;

    – A program focused on the co-morbidity of HIV and mental illness as well as those with physical disabilities. http://www.who.int/tb/people_and_communities/en/
  • The BMSF NGO Training Institute for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Ethiopia www.ccrdadistancelearning.org; Kenya http://www.spu.ac.ke/; Democratic Republic of Congo www.cadicec.org; Swaziland http://www.idmbls.com/sz/;and Lesotho was created to increase the number of people with the skills and tools needed for effective and efficient institutional and program management. To date, more than 3,700 NGO leaders and managers have been trained.
  • Funding medical research that resulted in the creation of an effective, fast and low-cost CD4-count test for HIV and in demonstrating that mother-to-child transmission of HIV can be reduced through postnatal single-dose antiretroviral therapy.

     – Innovative research on the efficacy of postnatal antiretroviral therapy earned the researchers the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights.
     
  • Establishing the Community Based Treatment Support Programme, that has supported the delivery of antiretroviral treatment to more than 20,000 people in hard to reach areas throughout southern Africa.
     
  • Leveraging the successes, experiences and learnings from SECURE THE FUTURE's many projects and partners to create a Technical Assistance and Skills Transfer Program (TAP) in 2008 whose faculty empowers communities to harness resources and capacity to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of multi-sectoral, community- based HIV/AIDS programs. The TAP project transfers skills and knowledge in eight African countries while focusing on community-based solutions. http://stftap.herokuapp.com/