The Innovators Forum held on 28th February 2020 at the 7th Sankalp Africa Summit drew participants from Academia, policymakers, R&D funders, regulators, investors and entrepreneurs under the theme Harnessing the 4th Industrial Revolution (Hardware Innovations) to drive UHC in Africa.

The session hosted by Villgro Kenya focused on building a vibrant community and ecosystem for medical devices and diagnostics innovation and manufacturing in the region.

Fadhili Chacha CEO & founder Enzi Health (an on demand health service) and Stephen Tashobya CEO & Founder Wekebere (a prenatal diagnostic device) shared their innovation journey and how various partners helped move them to the next level to scale.

Participants were then encouraged and facilitated to reflect on their needs/goals, identify partnership opportunities that are immediately actionable and to network and pitch these opportunities.

The general consensus from the forum was that if we are to achieve UHC in Africa, we have to assess the immense potential the 4th Industrial Revolution has to drive it home and embrace partnerships as an avenue to accelerate our progress.

Villgro Kenya will host the first Innovators Forum under the theme - Harnessing the 4th Industrial Revolution(Hardware Innovations) to drive UHC in Africa on 28th February 2020 from 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm.

The multisectoral event which will take place during the 7th Sankalp Africa Summit will bring together innovators, investors, enablers, entrepreneurs, health program administrators, policymakers and health innovation experts in the industrialization, science and technology space with the aim of learning the activities, objectives, and goals of each health innovation stakeholder and using the information to catalyze linkages and partnerships.

The key objectives of the event are to

  1. Build a community of innovation practitioners
  2. Facilitate coordinated ecosystem interventions
  3. To champion for hardware innovations

As a stakeholder within the innovation ecosystem in East Africa, we believe if we are to achieve UHC in Africa, we have to assess the immense potential the 4th Industrial Revolution has to drive it home. Innovative hardware devices hold the power to provide quality, affordable and accessible healthcare services to those who need it most when they need it. Innovators need to work with other stakeholders with common or complementary interests in order to scale and ultimately provide quality, affordable and accessible healthcare for those who need it, when they need it.

Villgro Kenya CEO shares why it is important to have this conversation now and what to expect from the Innovators Forum.