Romanian-American Children Center

It has become increasingly clear that hospital staff were engaged in a fight impossible, treating the explosion of HIV cases in children in a makeshift clinic in one room.

Lack of medicines, training, space and staff - and an inconsistent supply of drugs - were becoming increasingly burdensome for the day to day. However, despite the large number of deaths and lack of medication, it knew that over 1,000 children living with HIV / AIDS were still alive in Constanta. These kids needed drugs and long-term care, and could not expect the Government to coordinate a sustained response at the national level.

Dr. Mark Kline, from Baylor College of Medicine, saw the need for immediate reaction, and in 2000 founded the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative. The objective is to implement a sustained program of anti-HIV treatment in children in countries with limited resources and Romania would be the first country that was part of the project. One of the first priorities was to get children needed antiretroviral therapy in a clean and safe, however, there is a sustainable infrastructure to get medicines, and even to administer them, and no staff to oversee the program califcat continuous therapy and complete. Dr. Kline and Dr. aunt wanted to give children medicines when needed, but also imagined a place where children can be treated in facilities clean, modern, and where healthy children can be removed abandoned hospital and given a proper home, education and love. This meant not only changes in physical structures, and building a multidisciplinary team of qualified professionals who can handle both fzice and psychological needs of children.

Dr. Kline's vision was to build a modern pediatric clinic, an independent outpatient system in Constanta, where children have access to HIV / AIDS and their families and / or their caregivers. His dream began to take shape when the Municipal Hospital gave Baylor an abandoned orphanage in poor condition that needed repair for a new pediatric AIDS clinic. Then, Dr. Kline had to find sponsors for the center of almost one million dollars. One of the top financiers, The Sisters of Charity of the incarnate Word who had an order that worked in Houston, he read an article in the Houston Chronicle about the efforts Dr. Kline. The organization was extremely moved by the story and asked him how they can help Dr. Kline. The second largest funder, Abbott Fund, Baylor learned about the program by a medical association and offered their help. Both Sisters of Charity and Abbott Fund have provided funds to renovate the clinic and the Abbott Fund has pledged to cover ongoing operating expenses. The new clinic was scheduled to open its doors in spring 2001, but there was an immediate and critical missing piece - there's a reliable and stable source of antiretroviral medications, as government sources were not consistent. Abbott has agreed to donate medicines to treat sufciente opportunistic infections for 500 children, during all their life. After pleading Dr. Kline, joined other companies like BMS, Roche and Merck.

In April 2001 the new Romanian-American Children's Center was inaugurated in front of everyone, from the Minister of Health to Constanta mayor and two of the future patients of the pediatric clinic who spoke at the opening ceremony. The new building, modern tunes included large areas, a play corner, several well-equipped offices for doctors, psychologists and social workers, a small professional library and a conference room for trainings and meetings with patients and parents, and just as importantly, a pharmacy equipped with anti-AIDS drugs from several companies.

Over 600 patients were treated almost immediately after entering the door in this building full of warmth and kindness, decorated with works of art of children at Texas Children's Hospital (Texas Children's Hospital, its affiliated Baylor) in Houston.

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