Donors, industry leaders, and African institutions are excited to collaborate to support innovations in health supply chains in Africa
I3 is supported by a leading set of sponsors from donors, industry, and African institutions, who believe in the power of innovations in supply chain to accelerate access to medicines. Sponsors include: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MSD, AmerisourceBergen, WHO-AFRO and AUDA-NEPAD.
Our sponsors have communicated their excitement about the program, and the potential of innovators on the continent.
Dr Jeremie Zoungrana, Director, Nigeria Country Office, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, commented:
For years, we have been tracking African startups developing tech-enabled approaches to get health products closer to the people who need them while ensuring quality, affordability, and visibility. We are excited about the promise of these innovators to help deliver impact at scale. Thus, we have come together with MSD, AmerisourceBergen, AUDA-NEPAD and WHO AFRO to launch the i3 program, to support sixty leading innovators in health product distribution over the next 24 months.
Dr Moredreck Chibi, Regional Adviser on Innovation, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, also commented:
We are really excited to be a part of the i3 initiative, which will support the commercialization of tech-enabled businesses bringing high-quality health products closer to where patients at affordable prices.
Hear more from Dr Zoungrana, Dr Chibi, and Dr Janet Byaruhanga, Senior Program Officer, Health, AUDA-NEPAD, about the problems they are hoping to solve in collaboration with selected innovators here.