Bush’s Daughter To Intern for Baylor College of Medicine’s International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Clinics in Africa
President Bush's daughter Barbara Bush, who graduated from Yale University on Monday, plans to intern for Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine's International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative beginning this summer, the Washington Post reports (Milbank, Washington Post, 5/24). Barbara plans to work at the initiative's clinics in Botswana and Uganda and possibly a clinic the initiative plans to build in Southern Africa, according to Program Director Mark Kline. Barbara visited the Botswanan clinic in July 2003 and expressed an interest in working with the children, Kline said (Berger, Houston Chronicle, 5/22). Barbara and first lady Laura Bush visited the pediatric clinic -- which is a partnership among Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Baylor initiative and the Botswanan government -- during the president's five-day, five-country trip through Africa (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/11/03). Barbara is expected to assist psychologists and social workers in group discussions with young patients to "hel[p] them find solutions to problems they face in their daily lives" and help reduce AIDS-related stigma, according to the Chronicle. "She seems very excited about the program. And we're excited to have her join us," Kline said (Houston Chronicle, 5/22).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.