Accordia Global Health Summit Series
Identifying and Convening African Centers of Excellence in Health
In response to a growing global awareness of the need for local ownership and stewardship of health initiatives in Africa, Accordia conducted substantial outreach to develop a shared definition of centers of excellence (COE), while identifying and investigating nearly 50 of Africa’s health-focused centers of excellence. To advance collaboration among these important organizations, we have hosted summits to bring together experts and discuss best practices and explore ways to join forces in the future.
2011 Centers of Excellence Summit
Accordia convened leaders of 18 centers of excellence in health from 12 African countries for the 2011 Centers of Excellence Summit. These centers play a crucial role in elevating standards of care and disseminating those standards regionally. They produce new and valuable research relevant to their setting, incorporate those findings into comprehensive education strategies, and advocate for policy changes to support widespread adoption. Without such centers of excellence, African Ministries of Health would have to rely primarily upon findings from the Global North to guide health policy.
In recognition of the critical role the centers of excellence play and the challenges they face, the two-day summit was intended as an opportunity for centers to candidly exchange insights and share lessons learned. The summit’s panels and presentations led to a vibrant discussion that allowed the participants to reflect on their diverse operating models and business plans for sustainability as well as to discuss future challenges to the continued success and growth of their centers.
A number of challenges faced by centers of excellence were identified through this initiative along with opportunities for more effective support of these transformative institutions in the future.
2012 Centers of Excellence Summit
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Twenty-three centers of excellence in health from across sub-Saharan Africa gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October 2012 for the Second Annual Accordia Global Health Foundation Centers of Excellence Summit. Accordia convened the group to spearhead a conversation about long-term sustainability in a climate of short-term health crises and a constantly evolving global health funding landscape. In addition, the summit gave the group an opportunity to share best practices with each other.
The meetings explored three emerging sources of support for COE operations: host governments, who are under significant pressure to increase their health expenditures; a growing middle class, who is increasingly willing and able to pay for high quality clinical and laboratory services; and foreign government and commercial funders of research, with an emphasis on building increased clinical trials capacity among African institutions.
2013 Summit on Child Wellness in Malawi
Accordia and the University of Malawi are co-hosting the 2013 Summit on Child Wellness in Mangochi, Malawi. We are convening local leaders and global experts in all aspects of pediatric health, agriculture, education, economics, technology, and the emerging science of integrated development. The sixth in the Accordia Global Health Summit Series, the forum will challenge these professionals to think differently about new multi-sectoral approaches to ensuring healthy, productive lives for children in resource-limited settings around the world. Output and insights from the Summit's deliberations will inform our shared vision and strategic plan for Accordia's proposed International Center for Child Wellness at the University of Malawi.