22 May 2023.
By the Award program team
IFPMA and Speak Up Africa launch the 2nd edition of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award focused on supporting young health innovators across Africa to advance their promising healthcare solutions in support of Universal Health Coverage. Four award winners will receive financial and in-kind support to bring their healthcare innovations to life.
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Association (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa launch the second edition of their flagship program, the African Young Innovators for Health Award, on the sidelines of the 76th session of the World Health Assembly.
This year, the Award Program seeks to find and nurture youth-driven health innovations that strive to accelerate efforts to advance Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa. UHC means that all individuals and communities have access to the full spectrum of quality healthcare services without the risk of financial hardship, ensuring “Health for All. Everywhere.”
Most African countries have UHC as a goal in their national health strategies. Yet, progress has been slow. Countries that achieve their UHC targets by 2030 will eliminate preventable maternal and child deaths, strengthen resilience to public health emergencies, reduce financial hardship linked to illness, and fortify the foundations for long-term economic growth.
Speaking about the theme of the second edition of the Award Program, Dr. Karim Bendhaou, Africa Engagement Committee Chair, IFPMA, says, “Despite African countries across the continent strongly demonstrating their commitment to achieving UHC by 2030, progress toward reaching this goal has stalled, with the Covid-19 pandemic reversing many hard-earned gains. The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award provides an invaluable opportunity to leverage the ingenuity of Africa’s growing youth population to find locally adapted solutions that help our communities have greater access to affordable and quality healthcare products and services.”
The Award offers four winners financial support totaling 90, 000 USD to take their innovation to the next level, alongside a three-month business mentorship program with leading business figures and strategic guidance on intellectual property rights from one of Africa’s top law firms.
“This program provides young African health innovators the chance to learn from business, media, and legal experts to further develop their healthcare innovations, join a growing community of healthcare entrepreneurs, and strengthen the health ecosystem on the continent so that Africa’s biggest health challenges can be tackled,” says Yacine Djibo, Director and Founder of Speak Up Africa, reflecting on the value the program.
Conrad Tankou, CEO of GICMed and winner of the first edition of the Award, says, “The program gave me the space to identify the strengths and weaknesses in my business and helped me improve my business model to attract investors, grow my network, and successfully scale up into new areas.”
This year applicants must be between 21 and 35 and be able to show that they have developed a minimum viable health product or service or are in the process of developing such a product or service, with the potential to scale up their innovation to drive efforts towards achieving UHC. As a learning from the 1st edition of the Awards, men and women will be eligible for first and second place prizes each, ensuring greater gender equality in the Awards and as foundational to a UHC where no one is left behind.
16 December 2021.
By the Award program team
Women account for 30 per cent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s researchers and innovators and face limited access to funding and skills gaps that are key to business enterprises’ formation, scale-up, and sustainability. In light of these statistics, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa held a virtual discussion at the Galien Forum Africa entitled “Women in STEM in the global health security context” focused on scientific innovation and gender equality.
The discussion addressed the status of women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) sector, the challenge of eliminating gender imbalance from science, technology and innovation disciplines in Africa and future actions to advance women-led innovation in the continent’s healthcare entrepreneurship ecosystem.
“Despite development in the participation of women in political, economic and social spheres, we still have a long way to go to fill the gap in improved skills and bridge the gap between men and women,” Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of State of Senegal and President of the Scientific Committee at the Forum Galien Africa said during her keynote address.
She emphasized that African women are among the many talents in health that are developing innovative technologies to meet the social needs of African societies. “The time is now to bridge this gap of inequality. We should come up with solutions that will bring Africa to the limelight and make it possible for us to attain sustainable development goals,” she continued.
Professor Coll-Seck was one of the high-profile African health influencers, experts and business leaders including Greg Perry, Assistant Director-General of IFPMA; Yacine Djibo, Executive Director, Speak Up Africa; Mohamadou Diallo, Editor-in-Chief of CIO Mag that had gathered to address scientific innovation and gender equality in Africa’s healthcare innovation space. The discussion was in line with the overarching goal of the Women Innovators Incubator.
Launched in response to the persistent gender disparities by IFPMA and Speak Up Africa, partners of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award, the Women Innovators Incubator focuses on providing a supportive environment for women entrepreneurs to create and grow high-impact and sustainable solutions to Africa’s most pressing healthcare needs. The first participants on the incubator are Angella Kyomugisha, Co-Founder and CFO, Kaaro Health; Nuriat Nambogo, Founder and CEO, MobiCare; and Marie Chantal Umunyana, Founder and CEO, Umubyeyi.
“We want to advance young women, and we want to promote local innovation because we know that the future of Africa lies both in the innovation and its youth,” said Greg Perry, IFPMA Assistant Director-General.
From utilizing digital media to support African mothers with evidence-based information to utilizing mobile tech to bridge the gap between patients and medical professionals and using telemedicine to drive healthcare access to remote villages, the women innovators shared the inspirations behind their innovations. They further expounded on the daily challenges they face as African women in STEM.
“Lack of access to financial support, capacity building, and going beyond the standard cultural norms around women being innovators. That’s a barrier I face every day, “said Marie Chantal Umunyana.
“I struggled to put a team together because you can’t do everything alone. As an innovator, you have the idea, but it needs support from other dedicated people,” added Nuriat Nambogo.
However, through the Women Innovators Incubator, the women entrepreneurs were looking forward to benefiting from financial support, mentorship, media training, expert advice on IP protection and access to the rich network of supporters of this Award.
“As a young female innovator, this is the first step in a long, rewarding journey. The incubator has opened the doors of hope and opportunities for women in Africa while helping me bring my idea to life,” said Marie Chantal Umunyana.
In addition to the benefits, Angella Kyomugisha continued, “As a female innovator, you find yourself learning alone along the way because the STEM field is competitive and male-dominated. Thus, I look forward to learning from a network of experts available through the incubator.”
In closing, Yacine Djibo acknowledged the three participants on the Women Innovators Incubator as shining examples of young Africans bursting with creativity and inventiveness and continuously looking for local-based solutions that work. She re-echoed how each of the entrepreneurs’ personal experiences had driven the need for innovation to be tailored not only to the environment and cultural context but also taking into account the needs of the people that need it the most.
“Through the Women Innovators Incubator, we’re trying to reduce the gap to be able to support young women and girls to develop their innovations in Africa’s healthcare space,” she said.
About the Galien Forum Africa
The Forum Galien Afrique, to be held in Dakar Senegal, will bring together many renowned scientists and some of the most deserving young students and youth to discuss their research and innovative work in health and healthcare. By ensuring that communities across Africa have access to accurate and potentially life-saving information and innovations, we will be able to continue our progress in the fight for a fairer, more prosperous society, free from the burden of diseases thanks to a resilient health system. It also supports building and strengthening resilient public health systems that can prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, reinforcing Global Health Security. The Forum Galien Afrique provides a platform for high-level scientific exchange on issues of common interest, the priorities of our continent for Africans and by Africans. This year’s theme is “Africa mobilizes for global health security.”
30 November 2021.
By the Award program team
Radio France Internationale (RFI) interviews Conrad Tankou, winner of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award. Dr. Conrad Tankou has developed a telemedicine platform called GICMED, which allows oncologists to make a remote diagnosis.
More than 400,000 deaths from breast and cervical cancer occur annually in sub-Saharan Africa. Due to the lack of early diagnosis, the shortage of equipment, and the lack of specialized therapists, women living in rural areas are the most affected by this scourge.
The Cameroonian doctor explains how his innovation, a telemedicine platform, GICMED allows for remote diagnosis for breast and cervical cancer. And how he has set his sights on expanding GICMED to the whole of sub-Saharan Africa!
GICMED includes online training modules for health workers and offers isolated centers a smartphone microscopy system, an intelligent and connected speculum, and a simple biopsy device using a fine needle, but whose samples are analyzed almost directly via a 3G network, explains Dr. Conrad Tankou.
Click here to listen to the full interview in French.
11 November 2021.
By the Award program team
The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award winners showcased their disruptive health solutions supporting healthcare workers working tirelessly to protect and treat the public, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, at this year’s TecXposition annual conference.
During the game-changer session, Conrad Tankou, CEO, GIC Space (Cameroon); John Mwangi, CEO, Daktari Media (Kenya) and Imodoye Abioro, CEO, Healthbotics (Nigeria) highlighted a few of the challenges that African health workers continually face in delivering care. From overworking and fatigue, limited access to vital patient records, limited capacity building opportunities, and lack of access to the required equipment. These challenges affect the efficiency and effectiveness of health delivery leading to poor health outcomes.
“Health workers are few and are burdened. By upgrading their skills and bringing in adapted technologies, we support them to serve their patients much more effectively and efficiently,” said Dr. Conrad Tankou. Dr. Tankou’s GICMED technology is helping health workers diagnose, screen, and treat cervical and breast cancer in remote areas. This technology is promoting a system where women can access care and treatment of these cancers wherever they live.
Daktari Media’s flagship product, Daktari Online, currently supports over 15,000 Kenyan health workers’ gain appraisal and re-licensure, delivering relevant training content created by experts in easy-to-access formats and helping healthcare providers gather evidence of their learning. “We provide online training via our platform that can be accessed by anyone wherever they are, anytime to reduce critical skills and information gaps that exist between health workers in urban and rural areas,” Mr. Mwangi, CEO of Daktari Media noted.
Dr. Imodoye Abioro presented his Mediverse technology, an AI-driven electronic medical records software that allows doctors and nurses to see more patients and improve the ease of access to their medical records by inputting and retrieving patient records with their voice, working with or without internet access on any device. While presenting his innovation, he explained that their, “AI model allows voice-to-text translation based on African accents to allow doctors accurately capture observations during patient encounters and thus no more need for paper records or endless typing.” He went on to explain that Mediverse also allows patients to access and securely share personal medical information while on the go in its continued quest to improve the quality of care for patients using data.
The young entrepreneurs acknowledged the need to have more conversations within the healthcare tech ecosystem as a way to realize the various linkages and interconnections that can help in solving distribution, awareness, and scale in Africa. “From building AI systems to tech that reinforces the capacity of healthcare professionals and diagnosis, all these singular innovations, when added together in the long term, will create real social impact in Africa,” Dr. Tankou noted when talking about the convergence of all the innovations within the tech ecosystem.
17 October 2021.
By the Award program team
“Our goal is that within the next few years, GICMED operates not only in each community of Cameroon but also in each country of sub-Saharan Africa.”
Conrad Tankou, CEO of Global Innovation and Creativity Space (GIC Space) is the first prize winner of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award. He speaks to Télésud about his plans to save thousands of women from breast and cervical cancer, which are among the most common cancers affecting women in Africa, by remotely screening and diagnosing women, even in the most remote areas.
Tankou, who is a trained doctor, talks about how he first came up with GICMED. GICMED is made up of five technologies that were developed to remotely screen and diagnose every woman for breast and cervical cancers. With these technologies, early-stage precancerous and cancerous lesions are further treated onsite through a mobile treatment unit. GICMED consists of a telemedicine platform, a smartphone digital microscopy system, a smart speculum device, a simple fine needle aspirate biopsy device, and an intuitive e-learning and training platform.
The idea, Tankou explains, came to him during his medical work in the community when he was treating a lady who died from cervical cancer. As the innovator said: “I wanted to find a solution for women living in rural areas to have access to valid cervical and breast cancer diagnosis.” The risk of death among women with either disease is much higher than in high-income countries – eight times higher in the case of cervical cancer. This is because too many African women are diagnosed too late which hampers effective treatment and care. Effective screening programs could drastically improve survival rates for women affected. While the invention addresses Cameroon’s lack of cancer specialists, Conrad Tankou reveals that: “Our goal is that within the next few years, GICMED operates not only in each community of Cameroon but also in each country of sub-Saharan Africa.”
Click here to listen to the full interview.
16 September 2021.
By the Award program team
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa, have announced Conrad Tankou, CEO, GIC Space (Cameroon); John Mwangi, CEO, Daktari Media (Kenya) and Imodoye Abioro, CEO, Healthbotics (Nigeria) as the winners of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award.
The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award is IFPMA and Speak Up Africa’s flagship programme to provide young entrepreneurs in the healthcare sector an opportunity to develop their business ideas and advance promising solutions to support, equip, protect, and train healthcare workers. Applicants must be 18 to 35 years and be a national or resident of an African country.
The Award winners will take home a total of $75,000 in financial support and benefit from a business mentorship programme, media training and technical support with intellectual property protection, plus exposure to a renowned network of global health leaders.
First prize winner, Conrad Tankou, CEO of GIC Space developed five proprietary medical technologies, under the GICMED platform, to remotely screen and diagnose women for breast and cervical cancers. The second prize winner, John Mwangi, CEO, Daktari Media invented Daktari Online, an online medical learning platform that offers continuing medical education to healthcare professionals. The third prize winner, Imodoye Abioro, CEO, Healthbotics created an AI-powered Electronic Medical Records system, Mediverse, which is built on the blockchain and allows health workers to input and retrieve patient records with their voice, working with or without Internet access.
First prize winner, Conrad Tankou said ““It is an honour to receive the first-ever Africa Young Innovators for Health Award. This is a true endorsement of our accomplishments and testament to our goal – improving access to screening and diagnosis of breast and cervical cancers for women, even in the most remote areas. With the Award’s financial and business mentorship support, we can upgrade our technologies and start scaling our solution much quicker by investing in manufacturing capabilities and building more local partnerships.”
Speak Up Africa’s, Founder and Executive Director, Yacine Djibo said “I continue to be impressed by the dedication, vision and creativity of young people in the healthcare sector. The Award programme is a testament to the potential but also the concrete solutions that already exist to some of the most challenging health issues not only in Africa but around the world.”
Recognising that only one fifth of applications came from women, IFPMA and Speak Up Africa also launched the Women Innovators Incubator, an initiative aimed at addressing the gaps in female-led innovation and tackling the additional hurdles women have to face to help take their business ideas from concept to implementation. Female applicants of the Award will be eligible for the programme. Participants will receive financial support, a business mentorship programme, media training and access to an expert network of supporters and partners working across, digital, healthcare and media.
Thomas Cueni, Director-General at IFPMA explained that “Our three award winners have had an amazing journey and are working on some really important innovations; and the Africa Young Innovators Award will continue in following years to find more new innovation talent. But in future years, we would like to see more young women come forwards. There are significant imbalances between men and women in access to funding, training and skills development, professional networks, and overall participation in competitive environments. The incubator is our response to tackling these inequalities and improving access to opportunities for women in the health innovation landscape. If we miss the potential of young women innovators, we are losing 50% of Africa’s power to innovate.”
The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award is supported by AMREF Health Africa, BroadReach, Ecobank Academy, Forum Galien Africa, IntraHealth International, Microsoft4Afrika, the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, and Social Change Factory, alongside our media partners: Africa.com, Télésud, and SciDev.Net.
01 September 2021.
By the Award program team
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa (SUA) will announce the first-ever winners of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award at the official virtual ceremony on Thursday, 16 September from 09:30 GMT *online (Register here).
The three winners will be revealed live at the Award Ceremony, where health leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs gather online to celebrate African innovation. And to highlight the vital role innovation plays, especially amongst young people in Africa, in tackling some of the most pressing healthcare challenges facing healthcare workers on the continent.
Award winners will be joined by high-profile personalities making an impact on the continental healthcare landscape through policy, innovation, and business. These include (in order of appearance); Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of State of Senegal; Thomas B. Cueni, Director General of IFPMA; Yacine Djibo, Executive Director, Speak Up Africa, Sobel Aziz Ngom, Executive Director, Consortium Jeunesse Sénégal; Vèna Arielle Ahouansou, CEO of KEA Medicals; Dr. Lindiwe Makubalo, Assistant Regional Director, WHO AFRO and Dr. Margaret Agama-Anyetei, Acting Director of Health and Humanitarian Affairs, African Union Commission plus many more.
The Award is IFPMA and Speak Up Africa’s flagship program, focused on supporting pioneering young health entrepreneurs across Africa with financial and in-kind opportunities to develop their business ideas. And also advance promising solutions to support, equip, protect, and train healthcare workers who have been working tirelessly to protect and treat the public amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners will receive financial support worth a total of $75,000 (first prize: $40,000; second prize: $20,000 and third prize: $15,000); a three-month business mentorship programme, media training, expert advice on Intellectual Property protection, where relevant, as well as access to a network of supporters and partners working across digital, healthcare, and media.
In congratulating the winners, Partners IFPMA’s Director-General, Thomas B. Cueni, explained the importance of the Award. “Since Africa is the youngest continent in the world – in part due to progress in health outcomes – it is very exciting to contribute to an Award that fosters and honours the spirit of innovation among young Africans. We hope that our winners will be instrumental making a difference to the lives of healthcare workers who have been working tirelessly to protect and treat the public amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.” said Thomas Cueni, Director-General of IFPMA.
“As a Jury member, I know the road to winning this competition was extremely demanding, competitive, and rigorous. We have seen immense creativity in the innovations reviewed – showing that Africa’s greatest assets are its young people and their entrepreneurial spirit.” Explained Yacine Djibo, Executive Director, Speak Up Africa, “Local solutions, designed by Africa’s youth, signal to the world their role in shaping and improving health futures.”
*Please note due to COVID-19 measures the Ceremony will be a fully online event.
22 July 2021.
By the Award program team
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa (SUA) will exclusively announce the final three winners of the first Africa Young Innovators for Health Award. The announcement will take place during the official Award ceremony from 09:30 (GMT) on Thursday, 16th September 2021. The Ceremony will be a hybrid event in Dakar, Senegal, and online.
The Awards ceremony will convene prominent healthcare leaders from across Africa and beyond, from entrepreneurs to technical, business, and policy experts to celebrate African Innovation. The final three winners shall receive up to $40,000 in financial support and business mentorship and expert support and advice on intellectual property protection to help them develop their solutions to some of Africa’s most pressing healthcare challenges.
This years’ Award theme focuses on supporting innovations that equip, protect and train healthcare workers in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s designation of 2021 as the International Year of Health and Care Workers. The year recognises the dedication of the millions of healthcare workers at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic. “We believe that new solutions are needed to support, equip, protect and train healthcare workers. And young African entrepreneurs are best placed to find those solutions. The continent’s future is bright. With this Award, we are even more confident that the next generation has what it takes to improve the lot of the continent. Providing African solutions to African challenges” says Yacine Djibo, Executive Director, Speak Up Africa.
Africa is home to the youngest population and one of the highest entrepreneurship rates in the world. The continent’s demographic dividend coupled with its enterprising skills presents a considerable opportunity to fuel innovation to help advance promising healthcare solutions. “This Award recognises that young people are one of Africa’s greatest assets and the Ceremony will be a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate African excellence in healthcare innovation,” says Greg Perry, Assistant Director-General at IFPMA.
The Africa Young Innovators For Health Award is also an investment in the human capital of Africa’s promising young entrepreneurs. The Award provides financial and in-kind support to three winners of the Award so they can advance their healthcare solutions and develop their great potential as enablers of change.
The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award is supported by AMREF Health Africa, BroadReach, Ecobank Academy, IntraHealth International, Microsoft4Afrika, the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle, the Ouagadougou Partnership, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, and Social Change Factory, alongside our media partners: Africa.com, Télésud, and SciDev.Net.
24 June 2021.
By the Award program team
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa announce the 15 shortlisted applicants who are now in the running to win the African Young Innovators for Health Award. The 15 shortlisted applicants, in alphabetical order, are:
The Africa Young Innovators For Health Award is an investment in the human capital of Africa’s promising young entrepreneurs. The Award provides financial and in kind support to three winners of the Award so they can advance their healthcare solutions and develop their great potential as enablers of change.
In its first edition, the Award has received more than 300 applications from 33 countries from across Africa. A technical review team of leading global health and business organizations reviewed and selected the shortlist of 15 applicants. The selection process considered how innovative, scalable, sustainable, and commercially viable the applicant’s idea is. This review also assessed the ability of the team to take the innovation to the next stage of development. And whether the invention supports, equips, protects, or trains those on the frontline of delivering healthcare to communities – healthcare workers.
“From cold storage solutions to diagnostic tools, 3D printing solutions, and training platforms for healthcare workers – we are extremely impressed by the applications selected for the shortlist. These applications are a shining example that young Africans are passionate about contributing to overcoming our continent’s most pressing healthcare challenges,” says Yacine Djibo, Executive Director of Speak Up Africa.
Greg Perry, Assistant Director-General, IFPMA, added, “This Award supports pioneering young health entrepreneurs across Africa bring their innovations to life. Providing financial and in-kind support to winners to realize their great potential as enablers of change while developing local capacity for healthcare innovation. The shortlist is an important milestone in our search for the three winners.”
The winners’ announcement will take place at the official Awards ceremony on Thursday, 16 September 2021. Winners will receive funding worth up to a combined $75,000, a three-month mentorship programme, and technical support for intellectual property protection if needed.
The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award is supported by AMREF Health Africa, BroadReach, Ecobank Academy, Forum Galien Africa, IntraHealth International, Microsoft4Afrika, the Ouagadougou Partnership, the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, and Social Change Factory. Alongside our media partners: Africa.com, Télésud, and SciDev.Net.
13 May 2021.
By the Award program team
The pandemic era has faced us with one of the biggest global health challenges in the modern day, but yet what is truly inspiring and encouraging is the way youth-led start-ups across Africa have found innovative solutions to face this challenge. From solar-powered automatic handwashing tools to mobile applications that build on Africa’s rapidly growing connectivity, we have seen home-grown innovation adapted to the African context. Especially during a global health pandemic, access to these healthcare innovations proves critical to protecting the health and well-being of people.
The continent’s capacity for innovation, which continues to create and develop new products, ideas and services— continuously, showcases African inventors at the forefront of emerging technology. Impressively, at the centre of these innovations are youth, who are disrupting the status quo and developing new solutions to old problems.
Across Africa with the world’s largest incidence of disease and a severe shortage of healthcare workers, these innovations are primarily directed at strengthening healthcare through patient management, disease surveillance and prevention. As the proliferation of mobile phone usage continues to increase across the continent, mobile phones are at the centre of a lot of these innovations – from providing maternal health support to wearables and sensors opening up possibilities for compact diagnostic tools that track and monitor patient’s health within the hospital, at home as well as in underserved and remote areas.
Despite the rate of mobile proliferation, many people across the continent today deal with several real-life barriers to access digital health, especially the urban-rural and gender divide, low digital literacy, and shortage of connectivity and electricity. This is why the hard work, commitment, ingenuity and marked understanding of these young innovators for the African peculiarities in the development of their solutions are laudable and commendable.
Ultimately, a robust policy and regulatory environment, as well as financing, are crucial to realizing long-term benefits. Even in the face of an unprecedented global pandemic and its aftermath, African youth-led start-ups have not given up. This generation of young African entrepreneurs is creating homegrown solutions to address societal challenges and fill in the healthcare gaps in their communities. Yet, increasingly more investment in human capital is needed for this demographic potential to reap the development rewards it should do.
The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award is an investment in the human capital of Africa’s promising young entrepreneurs. The Award seeks to recognize and reward the incredible work already happening. The Award provides financial as well as in-kind support, such as valuable mentorship and technical support to propel these young innovators. This support and recognition would enable them to advance their healthcare solutions and be supported in their journey to becoming the changemakers, innovators and leaders of today.
Over the next 12 weeks, we will showcase on social media youth across the continent that are solving healthcare problems and changing lives in Africa and beyond. Whilst we celebrate the amazing work of these 12 young African innovators we will be featuring, we especially look forward to celebrating the 2021 winners of The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award to be announced in the second half of 2021.