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

reparing and educating healthcare professionals in academic medical centers throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the organization is uniquely positioned to gather a cross-sector of global leaders to address infectious disease-related issues, including skills enablement, supply chain management, research and product development and prevention modalities.

Leaders from industry have been a particularly strong driving force in initiating the event and advancing opportunities to foster collaboration among key constituencies.

"How can we ensure a healthier Africa?" asks Richard T. Clark. "Real change will require vision, innovative thinking and new partnerships. The Accordia Infectious Diseases Summit provides an opportunity for the pharmaceutical industry to discuss the critical healthcare issues facing the continent with key global leaders from academe, government and the non-profit community."

During the summit, participants will break into the following four working groups to identify workable solutions to various issues stemming from this health crisis:

Group 1: Skills Enablement and Academic Medical Centers

As health systems continue to evolve in response to new and existing challenges, capacity needs also continue to grow and change. The challenge is to scale-up management and leadership training to equip healthcare professionals with the necessary skills, experience and knowledge.

Academic medical centers, such as those in Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Uganda and Botswana may offer examples in best practices on how to accomplish these challenging goals.

Group 2: Global Health Supply Chain Management

Barriers in the planning, procurement, distribution and delivery of drugs and essential health products are acknowledged as significant contributors to performance outcomes. There is a need to look at innovative and partnership-driven supply chain models to overcome these barriers and ensure that populations h
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