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Studies detail triumphs, troubles of African innovators creating products for local health needs
Date:12/12/2010

for applying science and technology innovation to improve health; continue efforts to attract students to biomedical and health degrees; better link courses with opportunities for practical experience within the health system and private sector (which would help prevent brain drain); and remove barriers, such as outdated investment policy, to the entrepreneurial health sector.

As well, it should address intellectual property protection and access to international markets.

After their initial fieldwork in Ghana, MRC researchers helped create a working group on health and biotechnology innovation, with representation from government, the research community and the private sector, to consider how to build a sustainable hub in Ghana that would link stakeholders, overcome barriers to collaboration, and stimulate locally-relevant health innovation.

The group identified some key activities like setting up a virtual network to convene stakeholders through the Internet and regular meetings, a technology road show to showcase Ghanaian technologies to financiers and others, and creating a database of technologies, infrastructure and equipment within Ghana that could be accessed easily and help identify potential areas of cooperation.


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Contact: Terry Collins
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416-538-8712
McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health
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