The Pfizer Initiative in International Health History

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The Pfizer Initiative in International Health History

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The Pfizer International Health Initiative at the University of Virginia is allowing us to fulfill our goal of building resources, resolve and capacity to meet some of the gravest healthcare and human challenges.

Under the direction of Dr. W. Michael Scheld in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health and building on the Center for Global Health research and administrative infrastructure, the Pfizer Initiative is advancing a new exchange program of post-doctoral fellows and students between the University and several international partners to conduct research on global health issues. The major purpose of this program is to foster and enhance bidirectional research training for treating infectious diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

With the inspiration of Pfizer supported efforts such as the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa and the leadership of AAF member, Dr. Scheld, international and UVa-based fellows are finding the drive and the resources to make an impact on the struggle to treat and prevent devastating infectious disease. The connection of talented researchers with unique insight into the cost and debilitation of disease in the developing world and the resource-rich environment of the University of Virginia enables highly developed and highly relevant research training.