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Oonagh Casey Puglisi
Sr. Specialist, Corporate Responsibility, Worldwide Communications
New York, New York, U.S.
NGO Partner: 
Accordia Foundation
Assignment Location: 
Kampala, Uganda
August 2009 – November 2009
Fellowship Title: 
Sr. Specialist, Corporate Responsibility
Fellow Biography: 

Oonagh joined Pfizer Inc in 1998 as Executive Assistant to then Chairman and CEO, Hank McKinnell. Oonagh joined Corporate Responsibility (CR) in 2006 as the charitable grants manager for Pfizer Inc and the Pfizer Foundation. Her current responsibilities include budget management & support to the CR team and executive support. Currently, Oonagh serves as a Partner Liaison and lead organizer for Training & Orientation for the Global Health Fellows program.

On her assignment with the Accordia Foundation, Oonagh will be working with the heads of Communications, Partnerships, and Advocacy to develop a comprehensive strategy for internal communication, including development of a ýcommunication training seriesý for Infectious Diseases Institute staff and qualified Friends. She will work with the Friends Governance Council to strengthen communication activities targeted at Friends in IDI and partner clinics. She will also support efforts to streamline provisions of communication/education/training to Friends and identify possible sources of in-kind contributions or external financial support to strengthen these activities.

Oonagh plans to learn more about the Infectious Disease Institute and its medical training and research center. She hopes to increase her skill in communications, gain experience working in a budget-constrained environment and develop a better understanding of patient care challenges in developing countries. She believes this experience will allow her to be an even more effective advocate for corporate responsibility and the Fellows program in addition to being a valuable contact for external and internal stakeholders.

The Accordia Foundation builds Africaýs capacity to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases through training, research, care and prevention.