Accordia Global Health Foundation and our many partners are working to build a vibrant, healthy Africa where every individual can thrive.
Overcoming the burden of infectious diseases in Africa by creating innovative health models, building centers of excellence, and strengthening medical institutions
- Sustainable excellence in Africa
- Focus on families and children
- International collaboration
- Measurable long-term benefit
- Financial sustainability and transparency
- Good governance
- Use of best practices and technology
In 2001, Accordia, Pfizer, Inc, and an Academic Alliance of some of the world’s most accomplished infectious disease doctors and scientists structured a transformative investment in African healthcare. Our mission was to create a center of excellence in infectious diseases located in Africa that retains the region’s best and brightest.
Together, we achieved this through the establishment of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Kampala, Uganda. Operating at the intersection of training, research and advanced clinical care, this world-class center enables continuous innovation and responsiveness to the most pressing health concerns. Strong and secure multi-year funding enabled rapid scale-up to achieve this vision, with strategies to promote long-term sustainability implemented from the start. Governance and management structures were established to ensure long-term focus and locally-appropriate solutions. Perhaps most important, the center was gifted to Makerere University to ensure complete integration into the national and regional health system.
Today, the IDI is a sustainable center of excellence that is transforming healthcare across Africa and ensuring that African men, women, and children can live longer and more productive lives. With this proven model, Accordia is scaling the IDI model to create a network of similar centers that have a complementary focus and can effectively respond to Africa’s health challenges.
African-owned and -led centers of excellence within medical schools are uniquely well-positioned to provide the leadership necessary to end the continent’s healthcare crisis and bring African healthcare up to world standards. These centers respond effectively and efficiently to the most urgent needs on the ground. They innovate and translate scientific advancements that are immediately relevant to low-resourced areas. They apply the best international practices and train others to do so. They respond to today’s infectious disease crisis and prepare for the next one before it strikes – potentially averting another human and economic catastrophe and keeping Africa on its path to success.
The center of excellence model works, but requires a bold vision, committed partners, and the courage of conviction to sustain this work for the long term.