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New Report Highlights Accordia and IDI

May 22, 2009: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a major new report on the United States’ role in global health. It includes a number of recommendations that encourage the U.S. to reaffirm and increase its commitment to improving the health of developing nations to fulfill humanitarian obligations and to support U.S. health, economic, and national security interests. The report reflects findings of the Committee on the U.S. Commitment to Global Health, an expert group convened by the IOM that includes Accordia Board of Directors member and Principal of Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences, Dr. Nelson Sewankambo. Dr. Warner Greene, President of the Accordia Global Health Foundation, also was invited to present at one of the committee’s hearings.

The report calls for U.S. agencies, foundations, universities, NGOs, and for-profit entities to help build the capacity of the health and research institutions in low and middle-income countries by supporting the development of capable local leaders, researchers, and practitioners to identify problems and solutions that are effective and sustainable in their home countries. It further recommends that the United States increase existing efforts to achieve health gains; educate disadvantaged countries on prevalent health problems; increase and improve financial commitment to global health; and utilize respectful partnerships to improve global health.

As an example, the report highlights the ongoing collaboration between Accordia Global Health Foundation, the Infectious Diseases Institute, and Makerere University. Calling IDI “a preeminent center for infectious disease research, training, and treatment,” the committee notes the success of the IDI model and the broad applications it could have in other parts of Africa. The IDI-based Sewankambo Scholarship Program is also highlighted in the report as a promising practice for building healthcare capacity in Africa.

To download The U.S. Commitment to Global Health: Recommendations for the Public and Private Sectors which is available free of charge on the IOM website, please click here.

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Accordia Global Health Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) global health organization building Africa’s capacity to fight infectious disease through training, research, care and prevention. Accordia works in partnership with individuals, corporations, foundations, NGOs, and governments from Africa, Europe, and North America to achieve our vision of a healthier Africa. For more information please visit www.accordiafoundation.org.