Applications Are Now Open for the February 2017 Multi-Corporate Pro Bono Program

Global Health Corporate Champions Will Leverage Private Sector Expertise to Support Local Organizations in Ghana.
Aug 26, 2016 10:00 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 26, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Global pro bono programs are now more accessible and affordable through the Global Health Corporate Champions (GHCC), an activity of U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II. GHCC is a multi-company pro bono program that allows organizations to test the pro bono experience in a critical emerging market, with the support of USAID Global Health Bureau. Employees of participating companies gain an innovative leadership development experience, while expanding their global competencies in an emerging market.

Applications are now open for the 2017 cohort in Accra, Ghana. The deadline to apply is October 28, 2016. Companies can send one to five individuals for the 2017 cohort.

Global Health Corporate Champions program exemplifies a triple-win:

  • The team will have a four week immersive Global Health experience in Ghana where participants will have an extraordinary and accelerated professional development experience.

  • Local clients gain an infusion of talent and experience to meet critical needs which would otherwise be unmet.

  • Sponsoring companies gain authentic reputations for social responsibility, insights into new markets, and employees with honed global leadership skills.

"This initiative is a new way to engage companies to contribute their most valuable resources—their people—to make a difference in global health,” said Sharon Rudy, Ph.D., Director of the Global Health Fellows Program II, implemented by the Public Health Institute.

PIMCOThe Dow Chemical Company, and PwC collectively sent eight champions on the first GHCC program on projects to strengthen health systems in Accra, Ghana in June.

“The program allowed our participants to address a critical need in an emerging market while learning from others’ experiences and expertise, and developing the skills needed to be a leader in a global company like PIMCO. I am thrilled with our Global Health Corporate Champions experience,” said Sarah Middleton, Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, PIMCO and Executive Director, PIMCO Foundation.

The Global Health Corporate Champions will work with local organizations addressing issues regarding water and sanitation, food and nutrition, gender equality and empowerment, and health system strengthening.  Although the focus will be on critical public health issues, selected professionals with a variety of business and operational expertise from companies across industry sectors are needed to help host client organizations address operational needs and improve their ability to serve their communities.

“The Global Health Corporate Champions not only gives employees the opportunity for accelerated learning in a new environment and culture—it gives them the chance to gain a cross-corporate perspective by collaborating with professionals from other companies,” said Amanda MacArthur, Chief Program Officer at PYXERA Global. “The program harnesses corporate expertise to produce a sustainable solution to a pressing social need.”


October 12, 2016 UPDATE:

PYXERA Global completes a rigorous process to ensure the safety of participants. It is for this reason the 2017 GHCC location has been changed from Ethiopia to Ghana.

About Global Health Fellows Program (GFHP) II 

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II is USAID’s premier fellowship program that identifies and supports diverse, technically excellent professionals at all levels to achieve the Agency’s health priorities. USAID Global Health Bureau leverages GHFP-II to address its immediate and emerging human capital needs to support and sustain the effectiveness of its current and future health programming. As new global health challenges emerge and complex initiatives are created to meet them, the ability to respond effectively is critical. GHFP-II is implemented by the Public Health Institute and its partners Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International, and PYXERA Global.

About PYXERA Global 

For more than 25 years, PYXERA Global has leveraged the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals.

The PYXERA Global team is passionate and dedicated to navigating challenges and pinpointing purposeful global engagement opportunities for its clients and partners. Initiatives include a wide range of services from local content development to global pro bono programs and integrated community development efforts that transform lives and livelihoods.

PYXERA Global Contact: Morgan Singer
Outreach & Media Relations, PYXERA Global

Global Health Fellows Program II Contact: Angelina Gordon
Director, Communications, Outreach and Diversity