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01.12.2012 | Correspondence | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

BMC International Health and Human Rights 1/2012

Analysis of pan-African Centres of excellence in health innovation highlights opportunities and challenges for local innovation and financing in the continent

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Solomon Nwaka, Alexander Ochem, Dominique Besson, Bernadette Ramirez, Foluke Fakorede, Sanaa Botros, Uford Inyang, Charles Mgone, Ivan Adae-Mensah, Victor Konde, Barthelemy Nyasse, Blessed Okole, Anastasia Guantai, Glaudina Loots, Peter Atadja, Peter Ndumbe, Issa Sanou, Ole Olesen, Robert Ridley, Tshinko Ilunga
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SN conceived and generated draft paper. AO, DB, BR and FF contributed in writing the paper as well as in data collection and analysis and in figure preparation. All other authors contributed to establishing criteria and selection process as well as in reviewing draft manuscript.


A pool of 38 pan-African Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in health innovation has been selected and recognized by the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI), through a competitive criteria based process. The process identified a number of opportunities and challenges for health R&D and innovation in the continent: i) it provides a direct evidence for the existence of innovation capability that can be leveraged to fill specific gaps in the continent; ii) it revealed a research and financing pattern that is largely fragmented and uncoordinated, and iii) it highlights the most frequent funders of health research in the continent. The CoEs are envisioned as an innovative network of public and private institutions with a critical mass of expertise and resources to support projects and a variety of activities for capacity building and scientific exchange, including hosting fellows, trainees, scientists on sabbaticals and exchange with other African and non-African institutions.
Additional file 1:Table S1. List of all donors mentioned in the applications received. Supplementary material represents all donors names retrieved from the 117 applications received for the identification of Center of Excellence. Donors are classified (ID) by number of appearance, which means the number of times a particular donor is mentioned or acknowledged as providing funding in all applications and by respective acronym alphabetical order. Donors appearing the same number of times are having the same ranking. The table also include information regarding the type of donors and the country of origin (EU = European Union, UN = United Nations, AF = African Union). (DOC 488 KB)
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