Global Health Fellows Program

Through the Global Health Fellows Program, Pfizer employees are seconded to organisations working in the field to improve access, quality or efficiency of health services in underserved communities.

Summary  

  • What: Global Health Fellows´ experiences in the field enrich both the organisations with which they volunteer, as well as Pfizer´s perspective of local stakeholder needs.
  • Objective: The programme is intended to transfer Pfizer employees’ knowledge to local access initiatives, while gaining understanding of context, which can potentially foster innovation
  • Scope: This initiative has global reach and does not target a specific disease area.
  • Example: In 2015, two Global Health Fellows were placed with PharmAccess, a Dutch foundation, in Ghana.

Pfizer’s Global Health Fellows scheme uses secondments as a form of stakeholder engagement.

Looking closer

Through the Global Health Fellows Program, Pfizer employees are seconded to organisations working in the field. Pfizer gains insights from local stakeholders through the volunteer efforts of employees participating in the Global Health Fellows Program. The Global Health Fellows focus on access, quality or efficiency of health services within underserved communities. Fellows´ experiences in the field enrich both the organisations with which they volunteer, as well as Pfizer´s perspective of local stakeholder needs. As Fellows complete their assignments, they share their experiences with a range of colleagues who then may incorporate learnings into the company access strategy.

The following example shows how this programme makes a significant difference to health outcomes at the local level. In 2015, two Global Health Fellows were placed with PharmAccess, a Dutch foundation, in Ghana. PharmAccess partnered with Pfizer’s Global Health Fellows to develop a Pharmacy Improvement Program to improve access to quality medicines by enhancing quality and finance in private pharmacies. The 2015 Fellows’ project consisted of developing a pharmacy management systems selection tool to aid pharmacy business owners in selecting the best IT system to meet their needs and improve their services.

In terms of stakeholder engagement, the Fellows spent their first month assessing the pharmacy landscape, identifying key stakeholders and regulations, and compiling the operational processes and business needs of the different healthcare facility types that sell pharmaceutical products in Ghana. This effort to understand the environment was critical to the Fellows delivering tools that would be sustainable and impactful for pharmacy businesses in Ghana. At the end of the project, the Fellows had a deeper understanding of the complexity of healthcare delivery in Ghana and were able to bring this knowledge back to Pfizer, which can help inform Pfizer’s approach to expanding access to medicines in this region.

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