2nd Call for pan-African Centres of Excellence in Health Innovation Now Launched!
Deadline to submit application: July 31, 2015
The objective of this call is to identify existing institutions with demonstrated capacity and expertise in specific health product or technology innovation area, including: R&D, manufacture and supply chain or commercialization across Africa.
ANDI features its network of pan-African Centres of Excellence in Health Innovation in new publication
Capacity for innovation exists on the continent, as demonstrated in a mapping of the landscape for health R&D in Africa published by ANDI and collaborators. This capacity is not, however, effectively utilized to address Africa health challenges: a variety of factors are involved, including (i) a lack of collaboration among African research centers, (ii) a lack of funding, (iii) a lack of coordination of existing research efforts and iv) inequitable R&D collaboration patterns.
It is in this context that ANDI developed a competitive process to identify and select pan-African Centres of Excellence in health innovation (CoEs).
This publication features a profile of each Centre of Excellence along with a description of the selection process.
Transforming African Healthcare Delivery Using Technology with Thematic Session on Ebola R&D
Consultation convened by ANDI in partnership with UNICEF, Jan 20-22, 2015
New approaches involving the use of technology are increasingly being recognized as important mechanisms for improving health service delivery in Africa. With this growing and welcome trend, it is important to ensure that the right choices are made and pathways for transformative innovations are facilitated.
ANDI, in partnership with UNICEF, gathered experts and other stakeholders in order to prioritize technologies that can transform healthcare delivery in Africa, and outline mechanisms that will enable sustained health innovation in Africa. Read more
ANDI partners with ASRT to promote health innovation in Africa
Cairo, Dec 11, 2014
ANDI and the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in supporting health innovation in Africa through joint projects, training and fellowships for African scientists. The initiative covers health systems strengthening, research and development for health technologies, manufacturing, and regulatory issues as well as maintenance of research and medical equipment. Read more
ANDI appoints leading global health expert as Executive Director
Addis Ababa, Dec 9, 2014
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Board of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) jointly announced today that Dr Solomon Nwaka has accepted the position of Executive Director of ANDI and has officially assumed the leadership of the organization now hosted by UNOPS in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
Ebola Virus Disease: Platform for North-South Collaboration Urgently Needed
PLOS Blog, Speaking of Medicine, Dec 7, 2014
The Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD) is now considered one of the most serious public health crisis of the 21st century. Scientists and biomedical researchers from Africa may have unique learnings and experiential perspectives on the disease from which the rest of the global community working on this problem can benefit. In a recent commentary published by PLOS Blog, ANDI pushes the idea of garnering such local capacity, combined with current international efforts, to help fight this outbreak may help equip and prepare the continent for future such challenges. Read the article
"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. 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 contributed to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA).
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
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