The African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) has unveiled its new five year strategic plan that aims to facilitate health technology innovation in Africa.

ANDI was launched in 2008 in Nigeria with the goal 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.

The new strategy re-focuses ANDI’s work on building partnership models that integrate lessons across diseases and technology platforms. Such technologies must meet the local needs for ease of use, affordability, accessibility and quality standards.

“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 Executive Director of ANDI, Dr Solomon Nwaka.

Ongoing ANDI supported projects include the development and evaluation of a medical device suite for maternal and child health and diagnostic kits for neglected diseases.

The new strategy is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will help ANDI realise its vision of creating a sustainable platform for health innovation in Africa to address the health challenges of the continent and population in need.

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

Furthermore, the plan considers, among other things, lessons learned from the implementation of ANDI activities to date; new research and development data; African innovation landscape analysis; input from stakeholders; current global and regional thinking on partnerships; and innovation in support of public health and development such as the SDGs and related African Union (AU) strategies, including Agenda 2063.

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