Accordia Global Health Foundation’s recent roundtable reception generated plenty of food for thought.
By Kinne Chapin
Due to the devastating impacts of malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS, the healthcare system of Sub-Saharan Africa is under continuous strain. But increasing the healthcare capacity of this region is the goal of the Accordia Global Health Foundation–and it’s difficult to imagine a more worthy one. As a part of their 2011 Celebration of Partnership, Accordia sponsored a a Congressional roundtable to stimulate discussion about the critical need to improve health outcomes in Africa through public and private sponsorships. The roundtable also considered suggestions from the region itself, as Accorida had held a summit in Uganda the month before.
Though the official debate ended with the roundtable, thoughtful discussion continued at an elegant reception for attendees hosted by His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of France, and Mrs. Sophie L’Hélias-Delattre. Ambassador Delattre, who was recognized by Accordia as the 2011 Celebration of Partnership Diplomatic Chair, welcomed guests such as award-winning filmmaker Susan Koch and philanthropist Anne Totah, as well as Accordia President Dr. Warner Greene and Dr. Lawrence Altman from The New York Times.
Though the crisis of health in Africa is still both urgent and daunting, it is comforting to know that such an intelligent and varied group of individuals is dedicated to solving it. Luckily, Accordia Global Health Foundation will continue to foster such discussion in the future.