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ANDI Newsletter - 27 August 2015

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  • Call for Application: ANDI-ASRT Training and Fellowship Program
  • 5th ANDI Stakeholders Meeting 
  •  ANDI Center of Excellence passes Independent External Quality Assessment
Call for Application -

Project Based Training and Fellowship on Development, Production and Access to Diagnostics.
5th ANDI Stakeholder Meeting 
Theme: Partnerships and Financing for Transformative, Accessible and Sustainable Health Technologies in Africa
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A project based training and fellowship program is launched for African scientists by the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) and the Egyptian Academy for Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT).
This follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two parties in December 11, 2014 to jointly implement projects, training and fellowships.
 
The training and fellowship focuses on:
  • Capacity strengthening of African scientists and institutions in the development, production and access to diagnostics for neglected diseases that are prevalent in Africa.
  • Optimization and progression of novel diagnostic kit for schistosomiasis developed  by Theodor Bilharz Research Institute (TBRI) to successful market uptake and use in Africa.
Details of the course and application guidelines can be found here.

The meeting shall bring together key stakeholders across the value chain for health technology innovation  to share lessons and explore opportunities for innovative partnerships and alignment of activities.

It emphasizes on cross cutting enablers of innovation especially, financing, regulatory facilitation and human resource development in Africa.


Provisional meeting agenda can be found here

Deadline for registration and Submission of abstracts is September 30
, 2015. Register here!
News from Centres of Excellence -

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Malaria Diagnosis, College of Medicine, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Nigeria passes Independent External Quality Assessment 
The ANDI Centre of Excellence for Malaria Diagnosis, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, has successfully passed an external quality assurance (EQA) assessment which was commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND). This focused on assessing the general condition of the centre, work place, staff supervision, laboratory quality assurance, internal and external quality control, safety, rapid diagnostics testing, lot testing and rapid diagnostics testing quality assurance.
 
Dr.Wellington Oyibo, head of Research and Innovation Office of the University of Lagos and a lead investigator stated that “Our centre collaborates with organizations like WHO and the FIND in malaria rapid diagnostics (RDTs), and quality assurance projects. We conduct collection of Quality Control (QC) samples for performance assessment and QC of malaria RDTs, as well as Lot Testing of malaria RDTs in Nigeria. Such quality assessment is crucial to maintain high level of quality standards in our work.”
 
According to Dr Oyibo, the centre also received accreditation for five of its malaria Microscopists in the WHO malaria microscopy competency assessment (accreditation) in Nairobi, Kenya, in August, 2015. It now has 3 Grade 1 Microscopists, 1 Grade 2 and 1 Grade 3 accredited Microscopists. This probably makes the centre the only institution with the highest number of certified malaria microscopists in Africa. 
Group Photo of members of ANDI Center of                         Assessment of a procedure in the laboratory     
                  Excellence- UNILAG
About ANDI 
The mission of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (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. ANDI is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
 
The ANDI approach is at the heart of the Post 2015 Development Agenda and sustainable development goals which the world is now focusing on. It is also relevant to the AU 2063 Agenda.  
For more information on Media and Communication Contact:
Habtamu Weldeyohannes (weldeyohannesh@andi-africa.org) 
Ruth Getachew (GetachewR@andi-africa.org)


 
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