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Kline to receive humanitarian award from Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program

Dr. Mark Kline, chair of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and physician-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital, will receive the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program’s first annual Humanitarian Award at an awards dinner April 27.

An internationally recognized HIV/AIDS specialist, Kline is being honored for his extensive efforts to address pediatrics HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa and global health.

Kline has been treating children with HIV/AIDS since the epidemic first surfaced among these youngest of patients in the late 1980s. He has been instrumental in investigations of clinical therapies that have radically changed the outlook for children with HIV/AIDS from one of little hope to successful treatments that are allowing children to enter adulthood with a quality of life never imagined only 15 years ago.

Kline is founder of the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital.

BIPAI operates pediatric HIV/AIDS clinics in six African countries and Romania. BIPAI provides HIV/AIDS care and treatment to more than 175,000 children and their family members, more than any other organization in the world. The program also trains thousands of health professionals worldwide.

The Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program is part of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowshipand one of13 Schweitzer Fellowship programs throughout the United States and in Lambaréné, Gabon, at the site of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital.

The Fellowship programs are modeled after the life example of pioneering physician-humanitarian and Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who was one of the 20th century’s most admired global citizens.

The award dinner honoring Kline will be held on April 27 at Trevisio Restaurant, 6550 Bertner, Houston, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. Ambassador Stephen Lewis, co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World, will present Kline with the award.

The program also will celebrate the dedication and service of the2012-2013 Fellows and their commitment to underserved communities in the Houston-Galveston area.

Tickets for the dinner are $150 and sponsorships ranging from $20,000 to $1,500 are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jean Prados, program director of the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program at prados@bcm.edu or 713-798-1045.

Launched in 2008, the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program is hosted and sponsored by Baylor Collegeof Medicine. Other sponsors include Texas Children’s Hospital and Chevron. More information is available at www.schweitzerfellowship.org/houston.