Ugandan Doctors Receive Africa Young Innovators for Health Award

Ugandan and Nigerian Innovators Honored with Africa Young Innovators for Health Award
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Health News – Agencies

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa have announced the winners of the second edition of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award. The first prize was awarded to Teniola Adedeji from Nigeria and Dr. Moses Ochora from Uganda, while the second prize winners are Nura Izath from Uganda and Muhammad Abdullahi from Nigeria.

The announcement was made at the Galien Forum Africa, an event that celebrates excellence and creativity in science across Africa. The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award is designed to support young entrepreneurs by providing financial and in-kind resources to help them further their innovations for improved health outcomes in their communities.

This edition of the Award focused on innovations aimed at achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa. While many African governments have expressed their commitment to achieving UHC by 2030, progress needs to be expedited. The Award emphasized innovations that could expand population coverage, service accessibility, and financial protection for patients.

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Teniola Adedeji, the CEO of Pharmarun (Nigeria), expressed her dedication to ensuring medication access through collaboration among pharmacies for universal health coverage. Pharmarun is an on-demand platform that offers a convenient solution for fragmented access to essential medications and was awarded the first prize.

Dr. Moses Ochora, Co-Founder and CEO of Photo-Kabada (Uganda), shared his gratitude for the Award. Photo-Kabada is a remotely monitored phototherapy device designed to reduce the burden of neonatal jaundice, especially in low and middle-income countries. Dr. Ochora emphasized the importance of homegrown solutions in advancing Universal Health Coverage.

The theme of the second edition was in line with the goal of achieving UHC by 2030, which requires substantial investment and accelerated action from governments and partners. It also calls for innovative solutions, as highlighted by Yacine Djibo, the Executive Director and Founder of Speak Up Africa.

Thomas Cueni, Director General of IFPMA, congratulated the winners and underscored the commitment to accelerating innovation as part of delivering Universal Healthcare Coverage. The Awards program aimed to ensure gender equality, with two women and two men winning this year.

The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award, launched in 2021 by Speak Up Africa and IFPMA, continues to support young health entrepreneurs in Africa by providing them with tools to advance healthcare solutions in their communities.

The Awards program receives support from various organizations, including Amref Health Africa, Forum Galien Afrique, IntraHealth International, Geneva Health Forum, Women in Global Health, Adams & Adams, Global Health Technologies Coalition, and the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle. Media partners include, ScienceActu, Maddyness, ANA, and REMAPSEN.

The second edition of the Award offers winners $90,000 in funding, a three-month business mentorship program, expert guidance on Intellectual Property rights, media training, and opportunities to present their innovations to a global audience.

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