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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 www.accordiafoundation.org .