Information technology can significantly advance the delivery of healthcare in developing countries, addressing problems such as the high risk of maternal death across Africa and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Our partnerships directly support organizations working to improve health outcomes in underserved communities through the innovative use of health information.
We support Doctors without Borders (MSF) – a leading international organization delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care – and their training and research partner Epicentre with capacity building at their Niger Research Center, aiding African-driven research to improve medical practice, in Niger and within MSF.
Supporting African entrepreneurs to develop home-grown innovations for health: this is the goal of Innovate for Life, an initiative launched by Amref Health Africa. The Elsevier Foundation is proud to support Amref’s goal to help early-stage entrepreneurs in developing novel technological solutions. The Fund aims to bridge the gap between African entrepreneurs and international investors by offering deep subject matter knowledge, strong networks and access to funding.
Amref Health Africa is the largest African driven NGO committed to improving health and health care in Africa. Their JIBU program aims to scale up their mobile nursing education pilot into a comprehensive program, providing targeted m-learning or mobile nursing education throughout Eastern Africa.
Type 2 Diabetes disproportionally affects Hispanics, but they have limited access to care and are only 1% of clinical trial participants. The goal of the partnership is to create the first Hispanic/Latina Citizen Scientists and train them with wearable tech and clinical research to reduce health literacy barriers with Latino adults with or at risk of T2D.
There is a need for faculty development directed to teaching in this technological age to improve patient care outcomes. This National League for Nursing program will use innovations in simulation and technology to drive teaching excellence – developing online, virtual products to both enhance faculty skills and expertise and meet the needs of learners.
At the Elsevier Foundation, we recognize our partners’ success as we embed technology to support the UN SDGs As we all strive to adapt to our very changed world in the age of COVID-19, the Elsevier Foundation’s mission to advance inclusive health and research in service of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains as relevant as ever. Over the past few years, we have worked hard to embed… [Read more]
Meningitis, malaria and malnutrition are the biggest health challenges for the Sahel region – a geographical area just below the Sahara desert that encompasses portions of 10 African countries. In January, the Epicentre Medical Day in Niamey, Niger, brought together researchers, public health experts and government officials to discuss best practices and ongoing issues for the country and the Sahel region. Epicentre Africa serves as the research and training arm of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),… [Read more]
Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO of Amref Health Africa, talks about Africa’s unique path to UHC and what to expect at #AHAIC2019 With those words, Dr. Githinji Gitahi conveys why he is such a passionate advocate for pro-poor universal health coverage (UHC). Dr. Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa as Group CEO in 2015. Founded in 1957, Amref Health Africa is the largest African-led international organization on the continent,… [Read more]
At Amref’s AHAIC Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, March 2019, the Elsevier Foundation co-organized 5 partner panel discussions on moving research to policy and African health tech solutions – as well as research capacity building workshops and panel discussions . Uduak Okomo, winner of the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards, was featured in a “Research to Policy” panel along with colleagues from The Lancet and Epicentre Niger Research Centre. In… [Read more]
The rising threat of antibiotics resistance in the Sub-Saharan Africa region is making interventions at policy and medical levels urgent, scientists say. According to Céline Langendorf, an epidemiologist with the Epicentre, MSF, “More and more patients die because of ineffective antibiotics. The entire population, including healthprofessionals, must become aware of this problem and rationalise the use of antibiotics to prevent the spread of these [antibiotic-resistant] bacteria.” “This is not only a… [Read more]
Amsterdam, May 19, 2017: PRESS RELEASE Amref Health Africa, Africa’s leading health organisation launched an investment fund focused on the African health sector on Friday, May 19 in Amsterdam. The Innovate for Life Fund will tackle Africa’s most daunting health challenges by supporting local entrepreneurs and investing in companies that develop innovative, home-grown solutions. In September 2017 the fund will start with a health sector specific accelerator programme.… [Read more]
A functional community health system is helping Africa achieve universal health coverage and other UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) Adolescent pregnancy is a key contributor to slow progress in maternal mortality. Adolescent pregnancy is wrought with complications and must remain an area of focus. (Image made by participants in the Youth Conference in March, courtesy of Amref Health Africa) In the year 2000, world leaders committed to “spare… [Read more]
The Elsevier Foundation provides a three-year $300,000 grant to MSF/Epicentre’s Niger Research Center Amsterdam, October 25, 2016 Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and renowned international humanitarian-aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), have agreed to cooperate in fighting the root causes of some of Africa’s most vexing health challenges, including diarrhea and infectious diseases, which leave millions of people dying… [Read more]
An Elsevier Foundation partnership will provide $300,000, while Elsevier provides access to critical products and services Can a new heat-resistant vaccine for rotavirus save the lives of half a million children per year? Rotavirus is a highly infectious disease causing severe dehydration, diarrhoea and death. The good news is that it’s highly preventable and there are vaccines. But these vaccines must be kept below 8°C — a tall… [Read more]
Amref Health Africa ramps up Jibu – Swahili for “answer” – a mobile nursing education app with support from the Elsevier Foundation. There is “no health without a workforce,” states a 2013 World Health Organization report on human resources for health. Common challenges faced by the health workforce in developing countries include acute shortages, skills-mix imbalances, retention, motivation, and limited access to education and training. Despite research demonstrating… [Read more]