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BIPAI teen club program named ‘best practice’ in report released by UNICEF

Dec. 01, 2010

December 1, 2010 - The Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) teen club programs in Africa have been cited as a best practice for providing the extra social support HIV-infected adolescents need in “Children and AIDS: Fifth Stocktaking Report 2010,” a report released in December 2010 by UNICEF.

“Once adolescents living with HIV are identified and enrolled in care and treatment, they have specific support needs, including psychosocial and community-based support that extends beyond clinical services. Several small programmes are good examples of how to provide such support, including the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Teen Club programme in Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland and Uganda,” said the report.

BIPAI’s teen clubs in Africa provide a safe, supportive and supervised environment for adolescents to build self-esteem, learn about healthy life skills, and form bonds with other HIV+ teens. BIPAI teen clubs exist in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.

You can find more information, including a press release and report summary, at: http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/stocktaking_report/en/index.html.