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  • Benjamin Maxey
    Manager – Project Management
    PGM
    Base/Location:
    Kalamazoo, MI, USA
    NGO Partner:
    International Trachoma Initiative (ITI)
    Assignment Location:
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Duration:
    August 2010 – January 2011
    Fellowship Title:
    Supply Chain Fellow

    Benjamin has spent eighteen years with Pfizer in Global Manufacturing, initially as a production support professional, then as a Supply Team Leader, and currently as a Technical Project Manager. In these roles Benjamin has developed a broad understanding of the production, supply coordination, finance and distribution processes of Pfizer products. Outside of the plant, he plays an active role in his community, including leading United Way community investment teams, coaching soccer and hockey, and coordinating Cub Scouts.

    As a Supply Chain Fellow with the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Benjamin will work on supply chain optimization projects including developing and leading in–country training on forecasting and distribution. Additionally, Benjamin will lead the planning of the first regional health bureau Zithromax forecasting meeting to facilitate Ethiopia's country expansion to eliminate blinding trachoma.

    Founded in 1998 by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and Pfizer Inc, ITI is dedicated to the elimination of blinding trachoma, the world's leading cause of preventable blindness. Working in countries where the World Health Organization has documented widespread disease, ITI collaborates with national ministries of health and other partners to identify regions where trachoma control will be targeted, develop a plan for implementing the SAFE strategy, and mobilize people and resources. Through implementation of the SAFE strategy, ITI ensures that surgical services are available to patients with advanced disease, that antibiotics are distributed, that face washing is widely publicized, and that communities are working to improve access to clean water and sanitation. The impact of ITI's trachoma control efforts reaches far beyond the elimination of blindness. In addition to treating and preventing blinding trachoma, the SAFE strategy addresses broader poverty issues and contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.