Accordia Global Health Foundation (Washington,DC)

10 September 2010

Africa: Accordia Global Health Foundation Holds Celebration of Partnership

press release

Event Stresses Long-Term Investment in Africa Health Infrastructure

Accordia Global Health Foundation will hold its annual Celebration of Partnership in Washington, D.C., on September 14, in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. This year's event will engage members of Congress, congressional and federal agency staff, Administration representatives, private sector leaders, philanthropists, global health advocates, and concerned individuals in a discussion designed to focus on the opportunities and challenges of building a strong network of African medical schools––locally-owned and locally-managed institutions with the long-term capacity to achieve better health outcomes for Africa.

The symposium will feature a keynote address by Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, as well as comments by Senator John Kerry, Senator John Barrasso, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. A panel of global health experts will respond and will include insights from:

•              Dr. Nelson Sewankambo, an early AIDS researcher and Principal of the College of Health Sciences at Uganda's Makerere University

•              Dr. Alex Coutinho, who serves as Executive Director of the Infectious Diseases Institute, in Kampala, Uganda, a regional center of excellence that is improving HIV training, research, and treatment

•              Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan, who leads the sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study at the George Washington University's Department of Health Policy

"The theme of the Celebration of Partnership, 'Real Returns on Investment,' underscores the need for smart investments in effective programs with long-term outlooks," said Accordia Global Health Foundation President Dr. Warner Greene.   "Although immediate and compassionate interventions are important, it is Accordia's commitment to long-term solutions that will be key to fundamentally achieving better health outcomes for sub-Saharan Africa, both today and for generations to come."

Over the last decade, U.S. leadership in global health has been exceptionally strong in response to the unprecedented infectious disease crisis that has resulted from HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases in Africa.   This leadership comes from a multitude of stakeholders and is motivated by diverse factors including humanitarian interests, contributions to foreign policy, and protection of U.S. individuals from health and security threats.

As these infectious diseases continue to plague Sub-Saharan Africa, the long-term reality of the threat they pose has become very real.   The U.S. and other stakeholders must determine ways to squarely meet the challenge posed by these diseases by creating long-term solutions for a healthy Africa including such programs as PEPFAR II's mandate to train 140,000 new healthcare workers.   In this context, Accordia embraces the opportunity to work in partnership with African medical schools, nursing schools, and schools of public health to drive change that strengthens these health institutions in the long term.

Congressional Honorary Committee includes: Senator John Barrasso (WY), Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (MD), Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA), Senator Tom Harkin (IA), Senator Daniel Inouye (HI), Senator Pat Roberts (KS), Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL), Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), and Representative Donald M. Payne (NJ).

Accordia Global Health Foundation is dedicated to increasing healthcare capacity in sub-Saharan Africa by developing proven training, research, and treatment models to overcome the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases. Accordia, along with Pfizer, are the founders of the Infectious Disease Institute at Makerere University in Uganda¬¬––a successful, sustainable and locally-owned healthcare center serving over 6 million Ugandans. Accordia seeks to establish other centers of healthcare excellence across sub-Saharan Africa over the next ten years. Visit www.accordiafoundation.org to learn more

Media Contact:   Cynthia Carson (Accordia Global Health Foundation) 202.210.3094 (mobile), ccarson@accordiafoundation.org

               

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