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Dr. Kodjo Soroh has worked for Pfizer since September 2005 as a medical director. His roles at Pfizer have included Regulatory Affairs Director (2005-2010); Corporate Affairs Director (2005 -2008); Marketing Director (2006-2008), Compliance Lead, (2005-2010) and the Oncology Unit Business Lead (2008-2010). Currently, Dr. Soroh is responsible for Pfizer‘s medical affairs and clinical operations in 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Comoros and East Africa Region.
In 2014-2015, Fellows will work with local staff in Abuja, Nigeria to establish the West African Infectious Diseases Institute (WAIDI) as a multi-institutional Center of Excellence for research and training. WAIDI will work to sustain and enhance the progress made in the fight against HIV, malaria and other infectious diseases in West Africa.
Dr. Soroh’s fellowship will focus on outreach to, and engagement with, the faculty at WAIDI’s 12 member universities in Nigeria. In addition, he will work on developing agreements with these founding members to support multi-institutional research collaboration. WAIDI has been modeled after the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Kampala, Uganda. Over the past 10 years, 18 colleagues have been placed with Accordia and served their Fellowships at IDI; their pro bono service has an estimated value of approximately $2.7 million. These Fellows advanced IDI’s management and clinical systems, research capacity, and communications.
Dr. Soroh feels that this fellowship will enrich the development of bold partnerships for Pfizer. He expects that this experience will improve negotiation skills and is excited to be part of an organization that is contributing in improving health in every part of the world. He hopes to use the experience of building strategic partnerships as a platform for future collaboration between Pfizer and multiple universities in the sub-region. The experience will no doubt soften the ground for Pfizer to develop bold partnerships for the NEAR region in a multi-lateral setting.
Accordia Global Health Foundation is working to overcome the burden of infectious diseases by building health care capacity and strengthening academic medical institutions in Africa. Accordia does this through establishing Centers of Excellence for advancing and promoting the highest quality standards of infectious disease care through original research and health care workforce training.