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Innovation and Collaboration Technologies, R&D BT
Base/Location: La Jolla, CA, USA
NGO Partner: International Trachoma Initiative (ITI)
Local NGO Partner: The Carter Center
Assignment Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: August 2010 – January 2011
Fellowship Title: Trachoma Operations Fellow
Stephen Jordan has worked at Pfizer since 2000 in a variety of business technology positions supporting research and development, corporate finance, global operations, human resources, commercial operations, and worldwide strategy and innovation. Currently, he works in R&D Business Technology leveraging Enterprise 2.0 software and social media to enhance team collaboration and knowledge management.
On his assignment with The Carter Center (International Trachoma Initiative) in Ethiopia, Steve will be developing a process and system for managing payments to over 12,000 temporary staff working on the center's "MaltraWeek" mass drug administration campaigns. Over the course of two weeks in November, the program will administer doses of Zithromax to over 17 million people to prevent and treat trachoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide, while distributing bed nets to fight malaria and delivering awareness training to local populations. Steve will also be working with The Carter Center to improve internal collaboration and knowledge management through process and technology improvements. From his GHF experience, Steve hopes to gain real–world experience in running initiatives in impoverished communities, experience firsthand what it is like to live in one of the world's ten poorest nations, and return home with a stronger connection to the culture, values, and mission of Pfizer.
The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. The International Trachoma Initiative is dedicated to the elimination of blinding trachoma, the world's leading cause of preventable blindness.
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