First Lady Michelle Obama visits BIPAI's Botswana clinic

July 1, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama visisted the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence in Gaborone.
First Lady Michelle Obama visisted the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence in Gaborone.

During her recent official trip to Africa, First Lady Michelle Obama made a stop at the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence in Gaborone, one of seven African clinics operated by the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative at Texas Children's Hospital.

Mrs. Obama embarked on the weeklong trip to Africa to promote youth leadership, education, health and wellness, with special emphasis on AIDS prevention.

On June 24, Mrs. Obama visited the Botswana-Baylor Adolescent Centre, which was established to teach leadership among teens and encourage young people to teach others HIV/AIDS education.

First Lady Michelle Obama painting a mural.
First Lady Michelle Obama helped paint a mural.

During her visit to the Teen Club, Mrs. Obama met members of the adolescent group and helped paint a mural on the wall of the center.

Accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha; her mother, Marian Robinson; and a niece and nephew, she painted a sun on a panorama that has scenes of children playing, homes, blue sky and African wildlife.

BCM was represented by Professor Gabriel Anabwani, executive director, Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence, Dr. Michael Tolle, associate director, and Michael Mizwa, senior vice presidentand chief operating officer of BIPAI.

"Mrs. Obama's visit to Baylor-Botswana was an inspiration to all the HIV-infected children and adolescents in care in Botswana," said Mizwa. "There are many stellar HIV/AIDS programs operating in Botswana and for the BIPAI program to be singled out as the First Lady's only Botswana project site visit is a testament to Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital's reputation for excellence in global health."