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About Accordia

Building Africa’s Capacity to Fight Infectious Diseases

Accordia Global Health Foundation overcomes the burden of infectious diseases by building healthcare capacity and strengthening academic medical institutions in Africa.

Infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis are the leading cause of death in Africa today. We have the knowledge to prevent and treat these diseases, but people in Africa are not receiving the care they need. This is a crisis that has devastated the entire continent, with long-term economic and political consequences that will be felt throughout the world. Unfortunately, it is a crisis that will continue to plague children and their families for decades to come. 

Our Strategy

At Accordia, we believe that a lasting impact can only be achieved by leveraging the expertise and contributions of diverse partners and by focusing these efforts to develop the skills and infrastructure in Africa that are necessary not only to fight this epidemic, but also to lay the foundation for future infectious disease crisis.

Through strong collaboration with diverse partners, including our Academic Alliance, International Scientific Advisory Board, and other leaders in academia, government, and the private sector, we: 

  • Bring together global resources to fight infectious disease in Africa,
  • Strengthen in-country capabilities to offer health training, research, prevention, and care,
  • Create evidence-based models that are immediately relevant in resource-limited settings and can be replicated throughout Africa.

By working within African medical centers, we develop lasting institutional leadership and pave the way for stronger African health systems. Through these institutions and in partnership with the people that lead them, we nurture the next generation of health leaders. 

Our History

Accordia Global Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, began with a partnership among leading academic physician-researchers from Uganda and North America. These physician-researchers were committed to pursuing a more collaborative, African-based and African-led approach to overcome the devastation of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2004, Accordia, in partnership with Pfizer Inc, the Academic Alliance, and Makerere University, established the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) as the preeminent center in sub-Saharan Africa for infectious disease training, treatment, and research within Makerere University. 

What started as a goal to improve the treatment of AIDS patients in Africa is now a mandate to develop and sustain the continent’s ability to impede the spread of infectious diseases. Today, Accordia is building new partnerships modeled after IDI and expanding our work throughout Africa.

To learn more about Accordia's efforts to build healthcare capacity in Africa, please view the video below.

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