from the recent International Corporate Volunteerism Conference
(ICV).4. Social impact is hard, but getting easier. Due to the short-term nature of international corporate volunteer (ICV) programs, social impact can be difficult to measure, but as program longevity grows, this burden eases. As a program such as Pfizer’s Global Health Fellows enters its tenth year, evidence of capacity building is surfacing.
Farron Levy, president of True Impact
, spoke about this with Pfizer and its partner, Accordia Global Health Foundation, who supports the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) of Makerere University in Uganda. Since 2003, 15 Global Health Fellows have been placed at the IDI, and they have provided an array of assistance in developing strategic business and maintenance plans, creating training programs for nurses, and introducing new technology skills for people in laboratories. Since IDI’s inception in 2003, the organization has grown into a recognized regional leader with revenues of $18 million (2010-11), and has provided training to nearly 12,000 healthcare providers from 28 African countries and care to more than 70,000 patients. This long-term partnership demonstrates how corporate volunteers can strengthen the sustainability of institutions when they are strategically placed.