An Education for Girls in Africa

Joe BooneSub-Saharan Africa faces a major health crisis that’s larger and more daunting than any one particular disease: the shortage of healthcare workers there is quickly approaching 800,000. Filling this gap is an overwhelming challenge. However, aligning with the CDC Foundation enables more ground to be covered in solving this issue.

For example, Battelle’s support of the Louise Martin, D.V.M., M.S., EIS ’85, Endowed Memorial Scholarship provides educational scholarships for impoverished girls in Kenya. The fund, managed by the CDC Foundation, enables these young women to gain higher education and increase their opportunities for a professional career.

The CDC Foundation is much more than a fund manager. They have a deep passion for and an understanding of the issues at hand. Committed to quality work, they want to ensure the money is spent wisely. The caliber and number of donors they have rallied and the educational success stories of this program to date are great testaments that the CDC Foundation is doing everything right.

Partnering with the CDC Foundation has enabled Battelle to play a role in solving this massive need. The results are much greater than we could have ever achieved on our own.


D. Joe Boone, PhD, is a senior program manager at Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest nonprofit independent research and development organization.