Pfizer Inc. is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Global
Health Fellows Program (GHF) as part of its corporate social investment
strategy that focuses on leveraging the full range of the company's
resources -- people, medicines, expertise and funding -- to broaden access
to medicines and strengthen health care delivery for underserved people
around the world.
GHF is Pfizer's signature corporate volunteer program that pairs
colleagues from technical and functional areas across Pfizer in three-
to six- month fellowships with international development organizations
to improve health services for people in greatest need.
"Since the first year of the Pfizer GHF Program, Project HOPE has
benefited from the extraordinary expertise of Pfizer employees, working
in our field sites in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Central Europe,"
said Cary Kimble, Associate Vice President, Development, Project HOPE.
"These members of the Pfizer family have helped improve Project HOPE's
monitoring and evaluation systems and our health education curricula and
materials, have helped measure and validate the impact of our work, have
helped develop business and marketing plans, and have allowed us to
reach more people, more effectively."
The 10th anniversary Fellows class is from technical and business
functions from across six Pfizer locations: United Kingdom, Ireland,
Australia, Germany, Canada and the United States. Combined, the 2013
class will be sharing 156 years of Pfizer experience with eleven GHF
partner organizations to optimize supply chains and scale-up promising
health prevention approaches, such as diabetes and cardiovascular
disease awareness and screening initiatives and business strategy and
development functions in China, India and East Africa.
"The tenth anniversary of this vibrant program vividly demonstrates our
commitment to promoting access, quality and efficiency of health
services for the world's neediest people," said Caroline Roan, President
of the Pfizer Foundation and Vice President of Corporate Social
Responsibility. "It also offers clear evidence that by coordinating our
efforts and partnering with other stakeholders, the impact of our effort
is magnified and we all benefit."
A 2012 study by Boston University's Center for International Health and
Development revealed that 100 percent of partners reported Global Health
Fellows helped them to accelerate sustainable change in their health
service delivery efforts. In addition, partnership organizations
reported "extremely significant" and "significant" capacity gains in
Human Resources training and development; Leadership and Governance; and
Health Management Information Systems.
"Fellows become an integral part of the regional GBCHealth team, working
closely with us to deliver on their complex scopes of work," said
Elizabeth Sorensen, Vice President, Human Resources, GBCHealth. "Their
impact has been described as lifesaving, significant, insightful, and
Since 2003, 317 colleagues have completed an estimated 325,000 hours of
skills-based volunteering, which is valued at approximately $47.6M of
pro-bono service to partner organizations throughout the developing
world. Through GHF, Pfizer has partnered with more than 40 international
development organizations in more than 40 countries over the life of the
For additional information on Pfizer's Global Health Fellows Program,
please visit www.pfizer.com/GHF.
Jennifer Kokell, 212.733.2596