The Accordia Global Health Foundation is currently accepting applications for the second annual Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Award. The award will be given to an emerging African leader who has contributed to the field of infectious diseases in Africa with the same passion, intellectual drive, and spirit of the founder of the Accordia Foundation and the Academic Alliance, Dr. Merle Sande.
Dr. Sande was the Chief of Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital in the early 1980s, when the AIDS crisis hit San Francisco. After antiretrovirals became available and the crisis in the U.S. became manageable, Dr. Sande became impatient to help stem the growing pandemic in Africa. Realizing that the real challenge to the African HIV/AIDS crisis was to build healthcare capacity by specifically training physicians and healthcare professionals, Dr. Sande helped to found the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Kampala, Uganda.
IDI is now a preeminent center in sub-Saharan Africa for infectious disease training, treatment, and research, and has provided many opportunities for emerging African healthcare leaders while empowering a new generation working to overcome the burden of HIV and other infectious diseases in Africa.
A successful candidate for this award will be a young leader with distinguished accomplishments in teaching, research, and clinical science. The awardee will be invited to hold two days of rounds, lectures, and a keynote address at IDI in Kampala in May of next year during the Accordia board meeting in Kampala.
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