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Accordia Remembers Congressman Donald Payne
March 8, 2012, Washington D.C. - We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of Africa’s most dedicated and tireless champions, Congressman Donald Payne. Congressman Payne leaves behind a tremendous legacy for Africa, which spans from global health to poverty reduction to human rights. He believed in the promise of Africa, advocating for funding for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria as an investment in our joint future.
Congressman Payne shared opening remarks for a Congressional Roundtable hosted by Accordia last fall on public-private partnerships, during which he commended Accordia and challenged the US government to leverage the good work that foundations like Accordia are doing to help strengthen African healthcare and save lives on the continent. Congressman Payne was also honorary chair for Accordia’s Celebration of Partnership in 2010 and 2011 and we thank him for his thoughtful endorsement of our work and our approach.
Thanks to the leadership of Congressman Payne and others, it is possible to envision a much different Africa than the one that has suffered from decades of poverty, disease, and instability. As testament to his memory, let us continue to foster the great innovation and strong leadership needed to build a vibrant, healthy Africa.
Accordia Chair Dr. Hank McKinnell, Senator John Barrasso, Accordia International Council Member Sheila Johnson, and Congressman Donald Payne at the 2011 Celebration of Partnership.