The past decade has witnessed an unprecedented global response to emerging infectious disease epidemics. Programs such as the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) were created to rapidly scale up the response to such diseases and to mitigate the devastating effects that they were having on millions of people in Africa and elsewhere.
While these programs have been instrumental in quickly galvanizing resources to save lives, support for continued scale up has begun to shift due to the global economic crisis and many other factors. The challenge for the next decade will be achieving the long-term sustainability of program successes through strengthening health systems and creating greater efficiencies. Common in each of the new donor strategies, including the US Global Health Initiative, is the call for longer term vision, investment in research and science to guide programming, and greater emphasis on local ownership and country-led development.
In this global health landscape, innovative models, focused on smarter investments in health and driven by evidenced-based solutions, are needed to continue building upon the foundations laid over the past decade. Accordia Global Health Foundation, in collaboration with a diverse set of international partners, is at the forefront of developing innovative and cost-effective models for health systems strengthening in the African context.