Supporting our Flagship Center of Excellence
A decade ago, Accordia Global Health Foundation convened a group of committed partners to make a transformative investment in African healthcare. These allies envisioned a sustainable African health institution focused on infectious diseases, enabling continuous innovation and responsiveness to the most pressing regional health concerns. The institution would function at the intersection of training, research, and advanced clinical care to promote the highest quality standards of infectious disease care. It would be established in a world-class setting to enable international standards of research and to retain Africa’s best and brightest.
That vision led to the creation of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) at Makerere University in Uganda. Accordia helped bring together support from more than 30 organizations, including the government of Uganda. Today, IDI is an internationally recognized center for health research, training, and care, and an integral part of the Ugandan health system. Accordia’s flagship model for sustainable, locally owned, regional centers of excellence, IDI is already having the ripple effect we envisioned: transforming healthcare systems throughout Uganda and across the region. IDI conducts original and translational research, saves lives through the provision of high quality clinical and laboratory services, and strengthens the health workforce through ground-breaking training and medical education.
Accordia now contributes to IDI’s ongoing development through targeted technical assistance, program development consultation, and fundraising support. Accordia’s Academic Alliance, a global coalition of health leaders from prominent institutions in North America, Europe, and Africa, sources grants and research projects; participates in core services like training, research, and clinical care, provides independent oversight in quality service provision, and recommends cutting-edge innovations in IDI’s operations. We are also helping advance the construction and furnishing of a new, state-of-the-art building—The IDI Knowledge Center—on the Makerere University campus. Accordia’s proudest achievement in the development of IDI is that this institution is now independent, financially viable, and improving the health of Ugandans.