African and global leaders representing governments, the private sector, and civil society met today in Durban, South Africa, to discuss health innovation and research capacity in Africa. The event focused on the need for additional investments in science, technology, and innovation in Africa to improve health, spur economic growth, and reduce poverty across the continent.
The meeting highlighted promising initiatives and aimed to foster new partnerships and drive investments that will strengthen Africa’s role as a major player in global health technology development and innovation. It included several calls to action by meeting participants to support African-led innovation coalitions and innovative funding platforms.
PATH, an international nongovernmental organization that accelerates innovation to save lives and improve health, together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, LeapFrog Investments, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, and the Wellcome Trust convened the Innovation Effect Africa conference. High-level representatives from groups across Africa and the globe attended the event, which preceded the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017. President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was speaking during the official opening of the Innovation Effect event on the margins of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa on 2 May 2017. The theme of the event was ‘Powering African innovation for health and economic growth.’
Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim delivered the keynote address. “Africa’s future depends on its scientists,” said President Gurib-Fakim. “Africa urgently needs science, technology, and innovation to secure a prosperous, healthy, peaceful, and sustainable future…African-led innovations will help to create African solutions to effectively address African problems. Investing in Science, Technology and Innovation will ensure that Africa owns her development agenda.” Read her Keynote Address Here