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ANDI Newsletter - March 25, 2016
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A South-South Partnership Accelerates Diagnostics Development for Neglected Diseases.
An ANDI led partnership with Chinese and African institutions for the development and commercialization of diagnostics tools for diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries met in Lagos from 24-27 February, 2016 to discuss progress made to date.

The initiative is part of the World Health Organization's (WHO) member states supported Project that aims to demonstrate innovative ways of sustaining research and development (R&D) and access to health technologies for neglected diseases. Innovative coordination and financing R&D as  well as capacity building, technology transfer and open innovation processes are critical parts of the project. 

The project team discussed some potential diagnostics technologies at its disposal that can support the control and elimination of malaria and schistosomiasis as well as an integrated cellphone-based diagnostics that can transform diagnosis of prevalent diseases in Africa at point of care.

Dr. Solomon Nwaka, Executive Director of ANDI highlighted, “The results that are emerging from this project show how proper coordination and partnership can positively impact the landscape for health technology development and capacity building in developing countries.”
 
See Meeting Pictures below.....
(Above) Participants from ANDI partner institutions: China Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (China NDI) including National Institute of Parasitic Disease (NIPD), China CDC, EASE Medtrend  Biotech, Fudan University (China), Kenya Medical Research Institution (KEMRI), University of Lagos (UoL) and National Institute for Pharmaceutical R&D (NIPRD), Nigeria and Theodor Bilharz Research Institution (TBRI), Egypt .  
(Above) Participants actively engaging in discussions during the meeting.
(Above) Dr. Solomon Nwaka (ANDI) and Prof. Xiao Nongzhou (China NIPD) exchange project documents.
(Above) Meeting Participants meet with the management of University of Lagos, Nigeria which is an ANDI’s Centre of Excellence. The Executive Director of ANDI (Dr Solomon Nwaka) presents a certificate of Centre of Excellence to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos                        (Prof. Rahmon A. Bello).
(Above) ANDI donates bags to children of Junior Secondary 1B in Maitama Secondary School in Abuja, Nigeria.
ANDI's Partner at TEDx!
Prof. Dennis Liotta, a renowned drug discoverer, presented at the high profile TEDx event – “Transforming Lives” held at the United Nations platform in Geneva, Switzerland on 11 February, 2016.

In his speech, Prof. Liotta underscored the work of ANDI and the promise of the ANDI-EMORY partnership: 

This partnership [with ANDI] involves two components, the first of which is the training of African scientists in the business and legal aspects of the biopharmaceutical sector.....The second component of our partnership involves the creation of regional hubs distributed around Africa that are modeled after DRIVE and leverage ANDI’s expertise in promoting African-led health innovations.”
 
Prof. Dennis Liotta Presenting at TEDx.
Dr.Solomon Nwaka, Executive Director of ANDI and Prof. Dennis Liotta at the event.
Watch the Full Video of the event here
For Media Inquiries Contact :
Ruth Getachew at ruthg@unops.org 
Habtamu Weldeyohannes at habtamug@unops.org
About ANDI

The mission of ANDI (African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation) 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 and other strategies.
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