"Boosting the Pharmaceutical and Medical Innovation Ecosystems in Africa"
2nd Ministerial Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation, Oct 14-17, 2014
ANDI was one the African Development Bank key partners for the 2nd Science and Technology Innovation Forum organized in Rabat on Oct 14-17, 2014.
This forum follows the first ministerial conference on STI, hosted by the Government of Kenya in 2012 and “happens at a crucial time when the African continent needs to think carefully about achievements to date and make decisions about its rapid transformation”, according to the AfDB.
ANDI moderated the pharmaceutical panel of the forum: “Boosting the Pharmaceutical and Medical Innovation Ecosystems in Africa”. Among the panelists, Prof. Joseph Fortunak was representing St. Luke Foundation Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy (KSP) in Tanzania, and Dr Skhumbuzo Ngozwana, an internationally recognized Pharmaceutical Expert who co-authored the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA). ANDI's planel received a high level of interest and the panelists' presentations were followed by a lengthy discussion with the audience.
ANDI 4th Board Meeting
Addis Ababa, Sept 16-17, 2014
The board members traveled from Congo-Brazzaville, Ghana, Shanghai, Kenya, Egypt, Malawi or Geneva to discuss ANDI plans for 2014-2015: ANDI new team is almost fully appointed, projects funding for the end of 2014 and 2015 are being renewed, new calls are on the way, the communication strategy has been discussed and launched, and the current business plan is being revised... Heated discussions ensued and ANDI is now in a position to tackle a busy work schedule ahead. Thank you to all Board members for their time and precious input! Read more
High impact, low cost, locally developed devices targeting newborns
An example of the value proposition of ANDI - September 1, 2014
Since 2011, ANDI has been supporting the implementation of two medical devices targeting neonatal and pediatric wards in Africa: a bCPAP (bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) referred to as Pumani and a phototherapy Babylights system referred to as Babylights.
These two projects are now ready to go to scale in Africa. Read more
News from the Ag. Executive Director
Dr. Solomon Nwaka - August 1, 2014
This is the first formal news item from the ANDI Secretariat after a year of transitional challenges.
I am very happy to say that these challenges have now been resolved - thanks to a new agreement to host the ANDI Secretariat by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
On behalf of the ANDI Board, I would like to thank the leadership of World Health Organization (WHO) and its Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), and UNOPS for implementing this hosting agreement.
Work has started in earnest: the establishment of ANDI Secretariat at UNOPS is ongoing and a number of staff have been recruited; plans have been developed to better leverage the popular ANDI network of Centres of Excellence in Health Innovation (CoEs) in order to implement ongoing and future projects, and technology transfer and capacity building initiatives through innovative South-South and North-South partnerships. Read more
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