Global Health Fellows

Partnership objectives

  1. To promote access, quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery in partnership with leading international health NGOs.
  2. Promote employee engagement and professional growth in the health field.
  3. Ensure increased access to high quality health services in developing and emerging markets.

Parmanpur Village in India. In 10 years, Global Health Fellows have worked in over 40 countries around the world. Parmanpur Village in India. In 10 years, Global Health Fellows have worked in over 40 countries around the world. Copyright Pfizer

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The Global Health Fellows program (GHF) is Pfizer’s signature international corporate volunteer program which places its’ highly skilled colleagues in short-term individual and team-based fellowships with leading international health organizations to strengthen health service delivery in emerging and developing markets. Pfizer employees dedicate up to 6 months of their time working hand-in-hand with community-based partners to help improve health care systems while gaining new perspectives on global health challenges and how the public and private sector can work together to address them. This initiative focuses on leveraging the full range of the company’s resources – people, skills, expertise and funding. 

Lessons learned

Independent evaluations of the Global Health Fellows program show that it has had a strong impact in strengthening capacity on a local level. Fellows contribute significantly toward improving staff skills and leadership in partner organizations, improve operational efficiency, and improve the delivery and quality of services. 

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Since its launch in 2003, the program has fielded more than 350 Fellows who have worked in over 40 countries. In 2012-13 the program will focus primarily on optimizing supply chains and scaling up health prevention programs in China, India, East Africa and Latin America.

Boston University's Center for Global Health and Development evaluates the efficacy of the GHF program through surveys and case studies. 2011 results of the program include:

  • 100% of NGO partners participating in the program reported that Pfizer fellows helped to accelerate sustainable change in their health service delivery efforts;
  • 59% of NGO partners reported that fellowships improved the effectiveness of health services they provide to communities;
  • 67% of NGO partners reported that fellowships increased efficiency (fewer resources/lower cost to deliver services);
  • 20% of NGO partners reported that fellowships increased reach of their services.

New fellows are rotated each year into specific regions and various programs. 


Owning Impact - Pfizer Global Health Fellows Strengthening Health Care Worldwide

Partnership information

Company(ies) Pfizer

Partner(s) Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), Accordia Global Health Foundation, Boston University, CARE, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), GBCHealth, Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), IntraHealth International, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), PharmAccess Foundation, Population Services International (PSI), Project HOPE, Save the Children, South Caroline College of Pharmacy, Taproot Foundation, True Impact, US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, Multilaterals, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Other, Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Children's Health, Infectious Diseases

Disease(s) Adolescent Health, Arthritis & Osteoperosis, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases, Cervical Cancer, Childhood Cancers, Children's Health, Diabetes, Family Planning, Sexual & Reproductive Health, General Health, Haemophilia, Hematology Disorders, HIV/AIDS, Hypertension, Leukemia, Malnutrition, Tobacco Control, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Technology Transfer - Scientific Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) General population, Health professionals, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Men, People with low income, Women

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 9

Country(ies) China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

Start Date 2003

More information Pfizer Responsibility

Anticipated completion date Ongoing