WHO Africa – Innovation Webinar

Showcasing Health Innovations in Africa

An innovation centric press conference, 2020

29, October 2020 - 11:35 | COVID-19 Health Innovations


December, 2020

An innovation centric press conference held on 29 October, 2020 featuring: Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Africa. Honorable , Minister and Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Niger and CEO of the National Agency for the Information Society. Dr. Ola Brown, Founder, Flying Doctors Investment Company. Dr. Integrity Mchechesi, Junior Resident Medical Officer and Head of Innovation of VaxiGlobal. Facilitators: Dr. Mary Stephen This dynamic press conference highlights: How COVID-19 is spurring and driving innovation and entrepreneurship across Africa including observations and results of an analysis of global health innovations related to COVID-19 and WHO’s strategies and activities for supporting innovation. The experiences of African innovators and investors in the health sector in the region including specific innovations and innovation support activities for COVID-19 response such as innovative testing booths in Nigeria, innovation competitions in Niger, and using blockchain technology for verification of vaccination records. A Q&A session that covered topics such as keys for success and investments needed to support innovation scaling, cross-purposing potential of innovations, updates on the COVID-19 situation and response, controlling the innovation narrative, etc.'

1st WHO/AFRO COVID-19 Webinar

20, May 2020 - 13:00 | COVID-19 Health Innovations

The WHO/AFRO webinar showcased innovations deployed for COVID-19 response in Africa. The innovations included; Triaging for COVID-19, Covid-19 Pandemic Management Innovative, real time technology solutions to manage COVID-19, addressing both patient demand and facility supply presented by Joni Watson from South Africa; mSafari a passenger manifest and data analytics platform that provides Government and Public Transport Stakeholders with commuter data insights garnered through analysis of commuter travel data presented by Ronald Osumba from Kenya;
SAFECARE4COVID, A free, globally accessible mobile app that enables a facility staff to do self-assessment using their own mobile phone, to report on the availability of equipment, staff and supplies, as well as check on their own processes and knowledge to treat patients for Covid-19 while staying safe presented by Hayat Essakkati from Nigeria;
Diagnostic test for COVID-19, a serological and diagnostic marker that can both accurately diagnose Covid-19 infections and assist with surveillance to track the spread of the pandemic presented by Laud Anthony Basing from Ghana;
Rapid bed deployment for COVID-19, beds designed by Xanita for rapid deployment and can be set  up in large open indoor venues such as  exhibition halls, conference rooms and community centres presented by  Skhumbuzo Ngozwana from South Africa; and Mobile testing facility, Nigeria’s first COVID-19 mobile testing booth presented by Ola Brown from Nigeria.