The François-Xavier Bagnoud Center (FXB Center) within the Rutgers School of Nursing is a leader and innovator in the collaborative development of sustainable programs for vulnerable women, children, youth and families, including those infected/affected by HIV. FXB staff work across programs locally, nationally and globally.
The FXB Center works primarily in the following programmatic and technical areas:
The FXB Center’s history parallels that of the HIV epidemic in the United States: by 1983 the Center, which was then based at the United Children's Hospital in Newark, had under its care 40 to 50 children who were infected with a virus that was soon to be identified as HIV. A multidisciplinary model for pediatric HIV care that was comprehensive, culturally competent, family-centered, and community-based was developed to respond to this acute community need.
Early in the 1990s, the Center received generous funding from the Countess Albina du Boisrouvray to enhance the local clinical program and to expand the Center’s expertise to the rapidly growing HIV pandemic. In recognition of this generous award, the Center was named the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center in memory of her son and began the International Training Program (ITP), one of the first international training programs for healthcare providers caring for pregnant women with HIV infection and perinatally-infected infants and children worldwide. From 1990–2000, this program developed customized education and training for more than 200 healthcare providers from 37 countries. The FXB Center teams also conducted in-country provider training and collaborated with in-country trainers to develop and implement curricula and support systems of care for HIV in 18 countries. Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic the FXB Center team contributed to every major development in pediatric and perinatal HIV including the landmark PACTG 076 protocol for PMTCT; the first antiretroviral treatment guidelines for children; the first international pediatric HIV training program, and the first of its kind website dedicated to collecting, reviewing and sharing state-of-the-art pediatric HIV information with providers and consumers. The transition that occurred in 1997, when United Hospital was closed and FXB Center moved to UMDNJ, led to the establishment of FXB Center as a Center of the School of Nursing. On July 1, 2013 the FXB Center became part of the Rutgers School of Nursing.
Today the mission of the FXB Center is to continue its commitment to improving the health of vulnerable women, children, youth and families — including those infected/affected by HIV — and to building capacity in the communities and systems that serve them. The Center provides culturally competent models of clinical care, education and consultation statewide, nationally and globally.