Secure the Future Background
Fellowships under the Physician Exchange Program are part of a five-year, $100 million Bristol-Myers Squibb initiative entitled SECURE THE FUTURE: Care and Support for Women and Children with HIV/AIDS. The program is being conducted in the U.S. and five Southern African countries. The countries - Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland - are among the world’s nations with the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS.
This initiative includes a program to expand investigator-initiated clinical research in Southern Africa and a broad range of community outreach and education programs there. Participating institutions, in addition to Baylor and Bristol-Myers Squibb, include UNAIDS, Harvard AIDS, Morehouse Medical School, the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) and several other schools of medicine in Southern Africa.
The Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative also conducts a complementary part of the Physician Exchange Program. Each year, approximately six outstanding U.S. senior residents or postdoctoral fellows who plan to pursue careers in HIV clinical care and research will be given the opportunity to work and study for a two-month term in a Southern African medical institution specializing in the care of HIV-infected women and children. A series of lectures and educational syllabi will complement each trainee's clinical experience. This part of the program will help to assure true two-way knowledge sharing between African and U.S. health-care professionals.