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2011 News Archieve
Voice of America: HIV Treatment Discussion

December 6, 2011, Washington D.C. - Voice of America's health correspondent Linord Moudou talks to Carol Spahn, Executive Director of the Accordia Global Health Foundation, about HIV treatments and funding.

Click here to watch the segment.

Meet Dr. Sabrina

December 1, 2011, Washington D.C. - On World AIDS Day 2011, Executive Director Carol Spahn shared one of many success stories seen because of Accordia's work.

"Dr. Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka could have joined the thousands of medical professionals who leave Africa every year for employment opportunities in the US, Europe, and elsewhere. Through an innovative Accordia Global Health Foundation program, however, she received the financial support, mentorship, and opportunity to make a difference at home."

Click here to read the full story.

HIV/AIDS: One of the Greatest Medical Fights in Human History

December 1, 2011, Washington D.C. - Dr. Warner Greene and Dr. Elly Katabira report on HIV/AIDS: One of the Greatest Medical Fights in Human History.

"Will HIV/AIDS go down in history as the single largest pandemic of all time or will we effectively stop this killer before it tops the bubonic plague of the Middle Ages or the Great Influenza of 1918-1919? Early warnings suggested that HIV/AIDS deaths could reach 90 million, higher than the estimated 75 million that fell victim to the "black death" in the 14th century and the more than 50 million that died of the Spanish Flu as World War I ended. Now, thirty years into the crisis, AIDS has infected 60 million people and 27 million have died. How will history judge our response? And where do we go from here?"

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Summit at USC Focuses on Global Health Care

November 17, 2011, Washington D.C. - At a summit at USC, Carol Spahn shared Accordia's approach to building and supporting Centers of Excellence.

"An entrepreneurial solution was outlined by Carol Spahn, executive director of Accordia Global Health Foundation, who spoke about her organization's approach to creating and initially funding centers of excellence to drive health innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa, which eventually will evolve to being entirely run and funded on a local level.

"'It's really about creating leadership, not just individual but institutional leadership,' Spahn said. 'We want to create a critical mass so that the best and brightest stay in Africa.'"

Click here to read a summary of the summit.

Voice of America: Infectious Diseases

November 8, 2011, Washington D.C. - An international partnership is working to deliver better healthcare in Africa and stem the spread of infectious disease. Click here to watch Voice of America's segment with Accordia's Kelly Willis.

Band-Aids Will Not Stop the Bleeding

October 17, 2011, Washington D.C. - Following the 2011 Celebration of Partnership Congressional Roundtable, Sheila C. Johnson delivers the second installment of a series of articles about Accordia and our programming.

"As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, I am committed to finding the most effective ways to make a difference in the issues facing our world. Americans are among the most generous people in the world, giving more money to charities than citizens of any other nation in the world. Much of our charity goes to disaster relief -- it seems there is always another emergency that needs vast quantities of resources and immediate attention.

"But I believe we can do more. We need to think long-term and become true partners in reshaping history. We need to boldly invest in innovative responses to Africa's problems that are relevant locally, and that put Africans in the driver's seat of determining the future of their continent."

Click here to read the full article on Huffington Post.

Huffington Post: Paving the Way for a Generation Free of HIV

Huffington Post: Paving the Way for a Generation Free of HIV

October 7, 2011, Washington, D.C. - Accordia Intermational Council Member, noted philanthropist, and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, Sheila C. Johnson recently made her first trip to visit the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda. In an article published on the Huffington Post, Ms. Johnson writes of the many inspiring people she met and the clear call to action to further curb the spread and effects of HIV/AIDS.

"The takeaway from my trip was clear: to create a generation free from HIV, every individual -- including those who are HIV negative -- must take personal responsibility for leading healthy lifestyles and must be educated to reduce stigma. As a global community, we must redouble our efforts to increase access to care, education, and psycho-social support while research is underway to identify new prevention and treatment options. As we learned from Jackie -- stepping up to support young people who are HIV-positive will pay tremendous dividends in the global fight to prevent new HIV infections."

Click here to read more and see pictures from the trip.

Global Health Advancements: One World/One People

Instead of simply supplying drugs to Africa, preparations began to build an African based center for excellence which would enable continuous innovation and responsiveness to the most pressing regional health concerns of the moment. It was with this bold vision that the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) was created. If the project was done right, Africa and its people would benefit dramatically from a newfound self-reliance.

In order to bring this proposal to life, the Accordia Global Health Foundation was formed with the mission of setting up initial operations and fundraising. They found a powerful partner in Pfizer Inc., and together they made the dream a reality. Today the IDI has indeed achieved its goal of standing as an internationally recognized center for excellence. Dale Mott, the Vice President of Accordia is proud of the accomplishment, "The work is so exciting, you just have to be on the ground ten minutes to become so enthused about the lives that are being saved and the positive effect that's being achieved," he says. Ugandan Youth Advocate Spreads Message of Self-Care

July 26, 2011, Washington D.C. - Jackie Kemigisha, an HIV-positive youth advocate from Uganda, dedicates her life to empowering those affected by HIV/Aids. After she learned of her HIV-postive status, Kemigisha sought help from the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Uganda's capital, Kampala. Through the institute and the Accordia Global Health Foundation, Kemigisha has become a key voice for youths affected by HIV/Aids. She recently visited three cities in the United States to speak about her experience. AllAfrica's Ellie Schneidman spoke with Kemigisha when she was in Washington, DC. The interview and Kemigisha's introduction to a speaking event in Washington was edited into a narrative about her life and work.

In the United States I don't know if people are sufficiently educated about HIV/Aids. I want to find that out. In Uganda, we are trying our best; however, we still have no space, though we've been fighting for that space and I think we're about to achieve it because we are directing funding to the young people. [Young people] are starting to hear our voices. We need to have leadership among young people so that we can direct them to make the right decisions.


Jackie Kemigisha

I've learned a lot about myself through doing this advocacy. First of all, I am a leader. I never knew I was a leader. Finding out I am a leader has helped me a lot to be responsible for myself and for the people around me because I don't do things recklessly. If [people] see me doing certain things they will say, 'Jackie, you are doing this?!'

I am always cautious. Another thing is I am very aware of how people will look at me. I always make sure that I protect my dignity and my image. It has helped me to reduce the pain that I grew up in.

The pain comes from living with such hatred from my mother. She hates me with all of her heart and never wants to see me. [When I was younger] I was sent to live with my father. Nobody had time for me. I never had anyone to talk to, so I ended up in the wrong hands and was raped. That's where I picked up HIV and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), but the STDs were treated.

It wasn't until I was very sick with meningitis and in the hospital for a month was I tested for HIV. I didn't want to get tested because I feared it. I had seen my sister die of HIV and it was terrible. I waited a long time to go to the hospital for my meningitis - I couldn't even walk - but God was still on my side because by the time I was able to reach the hospital, the medicine still had a chance to work. When I got home from the hospital and my entire family knew I had HIV they didn't want to see me anymore. My father saw to it that he would never pay my school fees again. I knew that was the end of me. That's when I decided to run away. I lived on the streets. There I was raped for a second time.

Whatever pain I went through I would write it down - that is the only communication I would have regarding my feelings. Since I've gotten this advocacy opportunity I've learned many things. The more I talk about my story, the less the pain will overcome me. Of course it is hard to reduce the pain of my past. I was never able to talk about my past. I could not talk about my experience. Some ladies [counselors] made me talk about it and said if I need to cry even for an hour until I finished the story then I should go ahead and cry. I have made such progress that now I can tell the story in a short time.

Most health centers also offer counseling and its one of the best ways to cope with HIV/Aids. We need to be responsible for what is happening to us. By taking responsibility for yourself, you can avoid risky behaviors such as drugs and alcohol, lessening your risk for rape. It's important for people to know to care for themselves.

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Accordia Academic Alliance Members Publish Article on IDI History

July 18, 2011, Washington DC - Accordia Academic Alliance members, Drs. Allan Ronald, Moses Kamya, Elly Katabira, Mike Scheld, and Nelson Sewankambo, published an article detailing the establishment and growth of the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, 10 years after the group first met to respond to the growing HIV crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.

Published in the June 2011 issue of the Infectious Disease Clinics of North America Journal, the article shares the founders' vision of an African-owned and -led center that combines training, research, and clinical services, with a heavy focus on prevention, all in a world-class setting.

In 2001, renowned infectious disease specialist Dr. Merle Sande gathered together 14 colleagues from the United States, Canada, and Uganda to form the Academic Alliance. With support from Dr. Hank McKinnell and Pfizer Inc, and with Sande's charismatic leadership, the group pulled resources and decades of experience to make their vision a reality and began transforming the African healthcare landscape.

The IDI building at Makerere University was officially opened in 2004, marking the full launch and integration of IDI's programs. Since then, under continued guidance from Accordia Global Health Foundation, the Academic Alliance and others, IDI's services have grown exponentially, impacting the lives of at least 1 million people across the continent.

To download the full article, click here. (Purchase required.) 

30 Years After the Onset of AIDS: Building Solid Capacity to Fight this Disease and Future Epidemics

June 17, 2011, Washington, DC – The United Nations recently held its High Level Meeting on AIDS, where top officials from both the developed and developing world gathered to discuss the importance of continued vigilance in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for global support and commitment to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020 by stopping new infections, ending stigma, and preventing AIDS-related deaths. To achieve and sustain this ambitious goal, it is more important now than ever to build Africa's capacity to fight the disease.

On Monday, Dr. Larry Altman, the New York Times medical correspondent, moderated a discussion among Dr. Warner Greene, president of Accordia and director of the Gladstone Institute of Immunology and Virology, University of California San Francisco; Dr. Alex Coutinho, executive director of IDI; and Caroline Roan, vice president of corporate responsibility for Pfizer, Inc, on the topics of prevention, care, research, and health leadership.

Almost a decade ago, Accordia Global Health Foundation, Pfizer Inc, and a coalition of physician-scientists from leading North American, European, and African universities partnered to create the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. IDI has since grown into an African-owned and -led center of excellence that has achieved real returns on investment: improved healthcare for millions of men, women, and children across Africa.

Thirty years after the first documented cases of HIV/AIDS, the success of IDI represents a solid solution to end the infectious disease crisis in Africa. The model enables continuous innovation and responsiveness to the most pressing regional health concerns, functioning at the intersection of training, research, and advanced clinical care to drive standards and retain Africa's best and brightest. Its governance and management structures ensure long-term focus and locally-appropriate solutions, and its integration into the local health system has led to longer-term sustainability.

The transformative impact of IDI is well documented, and it is now internationally-recognized as a center of excellence in infectious disease. A new report, IDI: A Transformative Investment, chronicles the success of this institute. Click here to view an electronic copy of the report:.


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