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Centers of Excellence

Building and Supporting African Centers of Excellence in Health

In 2004, Accordia Global Health Foundation and its Academic Alliance, in partnership with Pfizer Inc., established the Infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The Institute has become a sustainable center of excellence for fighting infectious disease throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

A sustainable center of excellence in health is an organization effective at establishing, achieving, and promoting the highest quality standards in its focused set of health disciplines or diseases. They respond effectively and efficiently to the most urgent needs on the ground. Such a center produces high impact research, incorporates those findings into comprehensive education strategies, and advocates for relevant policy to support widespread adoption.

Key attributes of a sustainable center of excellence in health:

  • Excellence: quality of clinical care, with a public health focus
  • Leadership: high caliber and independent individuals
  • Good governance: transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility
  • Research: cutting edge and locally relevant
  • Training: strengthening national health systems and workforce through effective training solutions
  • Broad-based and international partnerships to maximize impact and cost effectiveness
  • Diversified funding sources and self-sustainability
  • Advocacy: influence policy, representative of a diversified constituency

Today, Accordia continues to partner with the Infectious Diseases Institute, while working to build other sustainable centers of excellence in health in Africa.