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2012 News Archive
Fourth Annual Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Award

December 13, 2012, Washington D.C. - Established in memory of Dr. Merle Sande, one of Accordia's co-founders and a renowned infectious diseases specialist, this annual award honors young African health leaders with remarkable personal accomplishments in teaching, research, and/or clinical science. The fourth annual Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Award will be given to an emerging African leader who has contributed to the field of infectious disease and embodies Dr. Sande's passion, intellectual drive, and spirit.

Previous awardees include Dr. Kamija Phiri from the University of Malawi College of Medicine, Dr. Christian Happi from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and Professor WD Francois Venter from the Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Nominations and applications for the 2013 Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Award will be accepted through 31 January 2013, and the awardee will be announced in March 2013. The awardee will be invited to lead two days of rounds and lectures and to deliver a keynote address at the Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda in April 2013.

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To be considered, a completed application must be emailed to by 31 January 2013.

Frontline Workers Respond to Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

December 12, 2012, Washington D.C. - Interim executive director and senior vice president for global health programs, Kelly S. Willis, guest blogged for the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, describing the stellar support IDI staff provided during the July Ebola outbreak in Uganda. The frontline workers, like IDI's Brenda Picho, were the first responders, working around the clock to provide the best care possible, while preventing the spread of the disease to others.

"[Brenda's] natural fear of this dangerous disease did not stop her and other health workers from putting their own lives on the line to protect the health and wellbeing of others. Brenda's actions and those of her colleagues are a telling example of how frontline health workers benefit the communities in which they live and work, and ultimately play one of the most essential roles in emergency response," Kelly wrote. Click here to read the full blog post.

Brenda also chronicles the series of events in her own words. Click the links below to read more.

Part I - "The Strange Disease"
Part II - "Mission Possible"

Accordia Global Health Foundation is a member of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition; click here to learn more about the coalition.

Mark Dybul Named Executive Director of Global Fund

November 16, 2012, Washington D.C. - Accordia Global Health Foundation congratulates our board member Ambassador Mark Dybul on his appointment as Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund).

"The Global Fund will benefit enormously from Mark's leadership and vision, at a time of much change and pressing need," said Warner Greene, President of Accordia Global Health Foundation and Director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology. "Accordia looks forward to supporting Mark and the Global Fund in the years ahead, and to new collaboration around our common goal of sustaining and accelerating gains in the fight against three of the world's most deadly diseases."

Ambassador Dybul was one of the principal architects of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and served as the first United States Global AIDS Coordinator from 2006 to 2009. He went on to co-direct the Global Health Law Program at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, and currently serves as Senior Counselor for the Global Business Coalition on HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Ambassador Dybul is widely acknowledged as one of the world's preeminent leaders in global health.

Click here to read the original announcement from the Global Fund.

Accordia Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments

August 20, 2012, Washington D.C. - Since our founding, Accordia Global Health Foundation has had the distinct honor of operating under the guidance of some of the most distinguished researchers and scientists in the fields of health and medicine. Three of these leaders, Dr. Warner C. Greene, Dr. Thomas Quinn, and Dr. W. Michael Scheld, have recently been recognized for their extensive professional achievements and on-going dedication to improving health and medicine worldwide.

We join in celebrating the contributions of these individuals. In addition to their considerable contributions to scientific research and medical education, each has played a critical role in the formation and continued success of our flagship Center of Excellence, the Infectious Diseases Institute, as well as our other global health programs.

Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

August 1, 2012, Washington D.C. - Over the weekend, an Ebola outbreak was confirmed in the Kibaale district of Uganda, where our flagship center, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), has been providing training to health workers and support to local clinics, labs, and district health teams for almost four years. Ebola is a highly contagious virus that causes severe fever, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding. There is no treatment and no vaccine.

Due to its long-standing work in the district, IDI has been involved with first response efforts to contain the disease, educate local populations and health officials in prevention measures, protect frontline health workers through the provision of protective clothing and other emergency supplies, and provide assistance in setting up isolation facilities.

"As a local Center of Excellence, IDI combines expertise in training, clinical care, prevention services, and research, allowing for a fast, effective, and comprehensive response to health emergencies like this," said Accordia Global Health Foundation's President Dr. Warner C. Greene.

Accordia is working with our partners to secure the necessary provisions and supplies to isolate those infected, protect frontline workers, and support IDI.

Click here to support our efforts to build health leadership on the ground in Africa.

Join Accordia at the 2012 International AIDS Conference

July 16, 2012, Washington D.C. - Accordia Global Health Foundation is proud to sponsor the 2012 AIDS Film Festival, an official affiliated independent event of the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. The festival will be held on July 25 and will feature four critically-acclaimed films about the HIV epidemic worldwide, as well as a special panel discussion following the final film. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to download more information.

In addition, International Council member Sheila C. Johnson will join special screenings and discussions about The Other City, a documentary that she produced detailing the often unseen HIV/AIDS epidemic in Washington D.C. Click here to learn more about these special screenings.


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Accordia Remembers Congressman Donald Payne

March 8, 2012, Washington D.C. - We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of Africa's most dedicated and tireless champions, Congressman Donald Payne. Congressman Payne leaves behind a tremendous legacy for Africa, which spans from global health to poverty reduction to human rights. He believed in the promise of Africa, advocating for funding for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria as an investment in our joint future.

Congressman Payne shared opening remarks for a Congressional Roundtable hosted by Accordia last fall on public-private partnerships, during which he commended Accordia and challenged the US government to leverage the good work that foundations like Accordia are doing to help strengthen African healthcare and save lives on the continent. Congressman Payne was also honorary chair for Accordia's Celebration of Partnership in 2010 and 2011 and we thank him for his thoughtful endorsement of our work and our approach.

Thanks to the leadership of Congressman Payne and others, it is possible to envision a much different Africa than the one that has suffered from decades of poverty, disease, and instability. As testament to his memory, let us continue to foster the great innovation and strong leadership needed to build a vibrant, healthy Africa.

Accordia Chair Dr. Hank McKinnell, Senator John Barrasso, Accordia International Council Member Sheila Johnson, and Congressman Donald Payne at the 2011 Celebration of Partnership.

New Report Addresses Challenges to the Sustainability of Africa's Centers of Excellence in Health

A new report by Accordia Global Health Foundation, African Centers of Excellence in Health , highlights the critical role Centers of Excellence play in building sustainable health capacity by enhancing medical education, conducting high-quality research, and influencing national and regional health policy. The report marks an important step forward for Accordia and its partners' efforts to support the ongoing viability and impact of these transformative African institutions.

The report follows a 2011 Summit of 18 Centers of Excellence from 12 African countries convened by Accordia and the Wellcome Trust. The two-day Summit held in Kampala, Uganda, was intended as an opportunity to assemble more information about the most effective ways to support and sustain African Centers of Excellence in Health, and for these Centers to candidly exchange insights and shared experiences.

"These centers are transforming national healthcare systems from within. These institutions are beacons of high-quality healthcare, world-class research, and effective medical education and training – in support of effective leadership, a strong workforce, and a healthy and vibrant Africa. Their survival and prosperity is of paramount importance to our increasingly intertwined futures," said Accordia president, Dr. Warner C. Greene.

Read the African Centers of Excellence in Health report here.

2011 Centers of Excellence in Health Summit Participants

Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) – Kenya
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) – Kenya
Armauer Hansen Research Institute - Ethiopia
Baylor College of Medicine Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Clinical Center of Excellence – Uganda
Biomedical Research and Training Institute – Zimbabwe
Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute – Botswana
Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) – Zambia
Center for Infectious Diseases, Stellenbosch University – South Africa
Center for Proteomic and Genomic Research – South Africa
Centre Muraz – Burkina Faso
Ifakara Health Institute – Tanzania
Infectious Diseases Institute – Uganda
Institute of Health Sciences Research at Jimma University, Gilgel Gibe Field Research Center – Ethiopia
Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria – Nigeria
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme – Kenya
Makerere University - Uganda
Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Program – Malawi
Medical Research Center – Uganda
Swiss Center of Scientific Research – Cote d'Ivoire
University of Ibadan - Nigeria
Wellcome Trust
World Health Organization - TDR
Accordia Global Health Foundatio 


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