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Pfizer Inc.

Global Health Fellows Volunteer Program on HIV-AIDS
In an effort to expand access to health care for the world’s most needy, Pfizer devised a challenging initiative to mobilize the technical skills and expertise of its own employees in the global campaign against HIV-AIDS and other diseases. The Pfizer Global Health Fellows program sends skilled personnel to developing countries to help NGOs build the health and social infrastructure in communities ravaged by the epidemic. Its initial partners—seven international NGOs working in nine countries—engaged Pfizer professionals directly, in client hospitals or other local organizations for up to six months. The program’s primary objectives: build health care capacity for the countries and professional development experience for the volunteers.

Due to the program’s complexity, high visibility and implications for its personnel, Pfizer engaged Jonathan Levine in the pilot phase of Global Health Fellows to help refine its structure and processes. His initial mission was to analyze and present a case study on the program to the United Nations Global Compact. That report laid out the program’s political, strategic and organizational underpinnings, and identified critical lessons about building constructive partnerships with NGOs. The study also provided an internal tool for improving the program’s effectiveness by identifying opportunities for strategic and tactical changes to its design and operations. Through dozens of interviews with Pfizer managers, volunteers, NGOs and on-site with local medical professionals in Africa and beyond, the study recommended improvements designed to better drive outcomes and increase impact. The results helped to improve NGO field capacity by refining the program structure, to set appropriate expectations among field organizations and better equip volunteers to maximize the impact of their contributions.

Read the Case Study (published by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship)


Hygiene education in Kenya

Ugandan pharmacologists

Child vaccinations in Timor
Top: Hygiene education in Kenya
Middle: Ugandan pharmacologists
Bottom: Child vaccinations in Timor

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