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Ten Years of Advancing Excellence in African Healthcare: Pfizer and Accordia Join Forces to Improve Health Services for Underserved Populations
Date:1/10/2014

(PRWEB) January 10, 2014

Accordia Global Health Foundation and Pfizer Inc. have collaborated for the past decade to advance the activities and impact of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Accordia’s flagship center of excellence in Uganda. Among their most effective alliances is the Pfizer Global Health Fellows program (GHF). Pfizer’s signature corporate social investment and volunteer program, GHF places employees with international development organizations to improve health services for underserved people in developing countries. During assignments, Fellows transfer their professional medical and business expertise in ways that promote access, quality, and efficiency of health services for people in greatest need. At the same time, Fellows gain insights into health challenges in emerging markets and build leadership skills.

Of the more than 300 Pfizer employees who have participated in the GHF program since 2003, 18 have been assigned to Accordia and placed at IDI, which has an estimated value of approximately $2.7 million in pro bono service. The nonprofit IDI, located at Makerere University in Kampala, works to build the capacity of health systems in Africa for the delivery of high-quality care, treatment, and prevention services—with a strong emphasis on infectious diseases—through training, research, and the development of new models of care.

Generating immediate results and long-lasting operational changes, the Fellows have advanced IDI’s management and clinical systems, research capacity, and communications. They have worked with IDI staff to improve teaching curricula, quality assurance processes, information technology, facility maintenance, advocacy, and proposal writing. The Fellows worked to empower patients by creating a resource center and an advocacy council
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