Facilitating Health Innovation in Africa – ANDI’s New Five Year Strategic Plan Launched

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ANDI presents its five year strategic plan (2016-2020) that aims to facilitate health technology innovation in Africa.

The leap-frogging approach described in this plan promises to accelerate the development and access to life-saving technologies for diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries

A new five year Strategic Plan of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) has been released (Facilitating Health Innovation in Africa-ANDI Strategic Plan (2016-2020)).

The strategy highlights an open innovation and partnership model that integrates lessons across diseases and technology platforms as more promising in Africa where resources are limited.

“The leap-frogging approach described in this plan promises to accelerate the development and access to life-saving technologies for diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries” said Solomon Nwaka, Executive Director of ANDI.

The plan identifies key areas of focus for ANDI: a) needs assessment and prioritization of technologies that can transform health care delivery in Africa, b) brokerage of partnerships to facilitate development and market access of such products, c) Advocacy in support of sustainable implementation of such initiatives. Capacity building and knowledge management underpins all the activities in the strategy.

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About ANDI
The mission of ANDI is to promote and sustain African-led health innovation to address the continent’s health needs through the assembly of collaborative networks, and building of capacity to support public health and development. ANDI focuses on addressing Africa’s health needs by harnessing the untapped power of collaboration among African researchers as well as equitable North-South and South-South partnerships, with the vision of creating a sustainable platform for health innovation in Africa. The ANDI approach is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which the world is now addressing. It is also relevant to the AU 2063 Agenda and other strategies. ANDI is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

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