Infectious Disease Institute (IDI)

Infectious Disease Institute (IDI)

Combating the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Uganda with Excellent Laboratory Design

As part of a broad effort to battle the HIV/AIDS crisis in Uganda, Accordia Global Health Foundation had a vision to create a sustainable African health institution focusing on infectious diseases. Not just envisioned as a clinic, the institute was proposed to be at the forefront of training, research, and clinical care for Africa. That vision led to the creation of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) at Makerere University in Uganda. Accordia helped bring together support from more than 30 organizations, including the government of Uganda and Pfizer Inc.

As architects and engineers for a number of Pfizer’s laboratory facilities, we were asked to contribute our expertise to the project. Our engagement was focused on taking the initial concepts that were developed by local architects and modifying them to incorporate U.S. design standards.

Since opening its doors in October 2004, the IDI has trained 17,000 health workers from Uganda and 27 other African countries in HIV/AIDS and TB co-infection, malaria, lab services, pharmacy, systems strengthening (data management, monitoring and evaluation, grants management), and research capacity building.