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2008 News Archive
Accordia Celebrates 3000th Trainee

November 12, 2008

Accordia Global Health is celebrating a major milestone in the foundation's history and the fight against HIV/AIDS as the 3000th healthcare worker has been trained by Accordia's implementing partner, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Kampala, Uganda. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 11% of the world's population and 24% of the global burden of disease, with only 3% of the world's health workers. Accordia is focused on bridging that gap and creating strong African healthcare systems.

Dr. Emmanuel Batiibwe from the Kiboga District of Uganda completed the three - week Core Course for doctors in HIV/AIDS care, treatment and support. Dr. Batiibwe is the Medical Superintendent for Kiboga District Hospital, a district that is underserved by the local healthcare system. Upon returning to his community he will be training other healthcare workers and community members and will influence the quality of care of thousands of Africans. He is just one of the 3,000 doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers from 27 different African countries to be trained at IDI since the institute was established by Accordia in 2004.

"This is an important milestone for us," says Dr. Warner C. Greene, President of Accordia. "Every single one of our 3,000 trainees has returned to their local communities and are both providing needed care for people living with HIV/AIDS and training others. This steady ripple effect is being felt all across sub-Saharan Africa."

Part of Accordia's mission is capacity building; a common term used by global health experts to describe the efforts to build infrastructure, change policy and empower healthcare workers to handle the health challenges the country is facing. Accordia has assumed a leadership position in global health with the goal of taking a comprehensive approach to fighting infectious disease in Africa.

Accordia's partnership with IDI is focused on addressing the research and educational needs of today as well as preparing Africa for the challenges of tomorrow. The hope is that people like Dr. Batiibwe will take their new skills home to their communities to treat the people who need it the most.

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 .

Dr. Alex Coutinho: Aid is Saving Hundreds of Thousands of Lives

July 24, 2008

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Nelson Sewankambo wins President's Excellence Award

September 22, 2008

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Nelson Sewankambo: Building HIV/AIDS Research in Uganda

July 5, 2008

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Greene's Leadership Pushes HIV Understanding

May 30, 2008

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IDI Lab Excels in International Competition

April 29, 2008

The Makerere University–Johns Hopkins University Core laboratory (MU-JHU) emerged 2nd runner up for the prestigious Medical Laboratory Observer's (MLO) 2008 Medical Laboratory of the Year award . For the first time in history, a laboratory outside the U.S.A emerged as one of the top labs in the MLO award. The annual award acknowledges medical laboratory professionals who play a vital role in health care and celebrates their expertise and efforts.

Located within the Infectious Diseases Institute in the Mulago Hospital complex, the MU-JHU Core Laboratory is a Medical Laboratory that has been in existence since 1989. During this time, the lab has gained a reputation for uncompromising standards of quality and excellent professional laboratory service.

The high quality services of the lab are in high demand and its one of the busiest medical labs in Uganda, processing an average of 16,000 monthly tests and serving over 72 different research studies, hospitals and clinics.

The MLO award considers several aspects of the lab including customer service, contribution to patient care, teamwork, productivity, efficiency, Quality control, quality assurance, innovations, creativity and lab inspection scores. The MU-JHU lab scored exceptionally on all these fronts despite the challenges associated with being in a resource limited setting.

The Core Lab is highly regarded for the outstanding customer service it provides. A number of tools have been created to ensure that clients receive the highest quality service including soliciting for feedback on all service aspects through the customer service concern forms and a biannual customer satisfaction survey. The lab is continually trying to find ways of providing an even better service.

The lab has also registered an immense contribution in research dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Participation in the HIV Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT - 012) landmark clinical trial resulted in a 50% reduction in mother to child HIV transmission with a single dose Nevirapine and this intervention is now implemented worldwide in resource-limited settings. MU-JHU also validated the current HIV Rapid testing Algorithm used by all government lab facilities in Uganda.

All these achievements have been possible with great team work of an indigenous African staff, investment in good management practice and efficient technologies, high quality control and assurance. MU-JHU has the highest world-class laboratory quality standards available and is one of only three labs in Africa that are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Today, HIV/AIDS patients all over the world are benefiting from outcomes of the long term quality work of the dedicated MU-JHU CoreLab staff.

Accordia Convenes Inaugural Infectious Diseases Summit

March 13, 2008


AAF Announces Publishing of Global HIV/ AIDS Medicine

January 4, 2008

The Academic Alliance Foundation announces the publishing of Global HIV/AIDS Medicine , the first medical textbook aimed at a comprehensive approach to the management of HIV/AIDS as a global problem. The book reflects a changing landscape in HIV/AIDS prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, with particular emphasis on the realities of HIV/AIDS in resource limited setting.

"On behalf of each of the editors, we hope this textbook is of great value to clinicians, scientists, and epidemiologists throughout the world who are involved in the battle against HIV/AIDS," said Dr. Warner Greene, President of the Academic Alliance Foundation.

By bringing in new global expertise and explicitly addressing the challenges of prevention and care in diverse resource limited settings, Global HIV/AIDS reflects growing recognition of the need to train medical professionals to treat the epidemic on the stage on which it often unfolds. The book features: current guidance and realities of HIV/AIDS management by geographical region; the ability to diagnose AIDS manifestations by comparing them to full-color clinical images; and tables that allow a practitioner to quickly gather, compare and review essential data.

Extremely readable and compact, yet thorough enough to answer most questions clinicians might encounter in their daily struggle to provide optimal care to patients with HIV infections." (Journal of the American Medical Association)

Collectively, the background and experience of the editors is nothing short of outstanding, a "who's who" of global experts on HIV and AIDS medicine. Warner C. Greene, M.D., PhD , a world-renowned scientist and expert in the field of virology and immunology, is the founding director and senior investigator of the Gladstone Institute of Virology & Immunology and professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology at the University of California. Dr. Greene is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Alliance Foundation and was recently appointed President. Paul A. Volberding, M.D. is widely considered one of the world's leading AIDS experts. He co-founded one of the first AIDS-designated clinics in the early 1980's at San Francisco General Hospital. Currently he is the Chief of Medical Services at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a member of the AAF Scientific Advisory Board. Merle A. Sande, M.D. was also one of the world's preeminent experts on HIV/AIDS and was a primary architect of the AIDS programs in San Francisco and in the state of California from 1981-96. Dr. Sande was the Co-Founder and President (Emeritus) of the AAF. Dr. Sande passed away November 14, 2007 after a long career of working to overcome the burden of HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases around the world. Joep Lange, M.D. was instrumental in the creation and growth of clinical care of HIV-infected patients as early as 1982. He is currently the President of the International AIDS Society, Professor of Medicine at the AMC Center for Poverty Related Communicable Diseases and a member of the AAF Scientific Advisory Board.

The book is dedicated to the visionary leaders of the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care in Africa, a model for care-based professional training and research as an indispensable means of ending the AIDS pandemic.

About the Academic Alliance Foundation

The Academic Alliance Foundation (AAF) is a U.S. not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to overcome the burden of infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa by building healthcare capacity and strengthening academic medical institutions. AAF was born out of unique partnership between senior North American academic physician-researchers in the field of infectious disease, their counterparts on the Faculty of Medicine at Uganda's famed Makerere University, and others motivated to find innovative solutions to combat infectious disease in sub-Saharan Africa and strengthen Africa for future generations. For more information visit the AAF website:


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