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Accordia Global Health Foundation Convenes Inaugural Infectious Diseases Summit
Date:3/13/2008

- Global leaders across for- and non-profit sectors gather to identify

'on-the-ground' solutions; Julie Gerberding, Anthony Fauci, Richard T. Clark are Keynotes -

WASHINGTON March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Accordia Global Health Foundation, formerly the Academic Alliance Foundation (AAF), today will convene an inaugural summit of global leaders in academia, government, NGOs and industry who have made major contributions to fighting infectious diseases. The summit is designed to identify innovative strategies to address infectious disease-related world health concerns.

In conjunction with summit activities, the organization will also officially announce its name change from AAF to Accordia Global Health Foundation, a decision made to better reflect the foundation's expanding mandate to build healthcare capacity in Africa through strong collaboration and partnerships.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Richard T. Clark, chairman, president and CEO, Merck & Company, Inc., will be featured speakers at the two-day summit in Washington, D.C., where participants will work to develop action plans that strengthen the abilities and skills of individuals and institutions in developing world regions, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, that have high rates of infectious disease.

"Despite investment of over $10 billion annually, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is still growing, and its impact on health in Africa impacts us all," said Dr. Hank McKinnell, Chairman of the Board, Accordia Global Health Foundation. "Global efforts to increase access to life-saving medications have made an impact, but we must push harder to find new and innovative approaches to building long-term capacity in Africa to fight infectious disease."

Given Accordia's collaborative, front-line approach to p
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