Secure the Future is a 5-year, $100 million program supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Program Update: Accomplishments
1. The full text (including illustrations) of the second edition HIV Curriculum for the Health Professional is now available on-line in .pdf format. The curriculum has been re-named HIV Curriculum for the Health Professional, based on our experience that in addition to nurses, doctors, counselors, and others may benefit from the material. This edition of the curriculum has been re-written to reflect BIPAI's growing experience in conducting training in southern Africa. . Over 1,100 copies of the first edition HIV nursing curriculum binder were distributed in 47 nations. Train-the-trainer-style educational programs for nurses based on the curriculum have been conducted by BIPAI staff in South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, and for participants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. These educational programs were held as part of a curriculum implementation plan carried out in collaboration with the SADC AIDS Network of Nurses and Midwives (read more).
2. Fourteen physicians, two nurses, and four dentists from the countries of Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland have received or are scheduled to receive short-term training at Baylor under the auspices of the Secure the Future Physician Exchange Program.
3. Twenty-three U.S. physicians and one U.S. nurse have completed short-term HIV/AIDS training experiences in Botswana and South Africa, also under the auspices of the Physician Exchange Program
As part of a five-year Bristol-Myers Squibb initiative entitled "Secure the Future": Care and Support for Women and Children with HIV/AIDS," the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative is coordinating a nurse education and physician exchange program between five African countries and the U.S. The countries - Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland - are among the world's nations with the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS.
The Physician Exchange Program includes a two-month education and training program in the U.S. for Southern African physicians with a special interest in AIDS and responsibilities for the care of HIV-infected individuals. This program is conducted at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and affiliated institutions. The physician exchange program curriculum includes a formal series of lectures and case discussions pertaining to AIDS, as well as participation in AIDS outpatient and inpatient clinical activities. The focus of the program will be prevention and treatment of HIV infection among women and children.