South African Medical Research Council and PATH launch new Global Health Innovation Accelerator
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Cape Town, South Africa, August 8, 2014—The new South Africa-based Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) launching today will speed the development and introduction of sustainable, high-impact health technologies that can save the lives of vulnerable women and children in South Africa and beyond.
The GHIA is an innovation center led by the Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) unit at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and PATH, an international nonprofit organization. SHIP was formed as a joint venture between the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and SAMRC in 2013.
The GHIA aims to fast-track the most promising technologies to address the health needs of low-resource communities. It will connect the scientific and technical expertise, funding, and networks of global partners with local scientists and innovators to accelerate product development and introduction. The partnership will initially focus on advancing medical devices, diagnostics, and health tools for the most vulnerable women and children.