Accelerating solutions to Africa's health challenges

Innovation

We work with African innovators in the co-development of skills ranging from creative problem solving, translational research, entrepreneurship, and venture acceleration.

50 African innovators developing new solutions

AfOx Health Innovation Platform

The Africa Oxford Health Innovation Platform (AfOx-HIP) is a multi-disciplinary programme to support African innovators develop new solutions to Africa’s health challenges. AfOx-HIP helps ideas come to life as real solutions to big challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship by pursuing a broader purpose for sustainable futures.

We’ve seen first-hand the ingenuity & resourcefulness that has gone into fighting COVID-19 across Africa. The results, from PPE made of recycled PET bottles to contact tracing platforms, reinforce that it is innovation that holds the key to delivering a more accessible and effective healthcare into the future. By connecting and supporting innovators making a difference in their communities, we can build a network with the power to change the world for the better
Wariara Waireri​, Senior Manager International Development, Royal Academy of Engineering

Views from AfOx Health Innovation Fellows

“As a health care expert with limited business background, AfOx has given me the opportunity to learn new concepts and apply new skills. Throughout this journey, I have learned to explore business opportunities, develop entrepreneurial ideas and solutions, test them in the real world, adapt them and enter the market. These competencies are the stepping-stones I needed to advance my business idea.” Kahabi I.


“This not just a programme bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to embark on an intellectually stimulating exercise. It is a platform to connect learners, doers, innovators and entrepreneurs at different stages of their entrepreneurial journeys. It gave me access to a community of active learners with research and evidence-based experience that catalysed my learning and transformed me.” Harry A.


“Ordinarily, as innovators-entrepreneur, we tend to focus on the 'working hard' aspect of entrepreneurship and disregard other important factors that greatly influence business outcome. Thanks to AfOx Innovation and Entrepreneurship scheme, I now have the confidence to look at things from different perspectives, change any limiting mindset, and perceive conditions and events with greater clarity and deeper understanding.” Okumu O.
Connecting research to industry

We connect research to industry to solve intractable societal challenges by tackling prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment through impact investment and innovation. 

The innovation environment at Oxford has enabled Hutano Diagnostics to evolve from developing diagnostics for Africa, to applying our diagnostic platform for different diseases across the world. I am excited about the different collaboration opportunities that the AfOx Innovators will have, as well as the impact that their work will have on the continent.”
Atherton Mutombwera, Founder & CEO, Hutano Diagnostics Ltd

Fireside innovation chat

Siana Nkya is Lecturer at University of Dar es Salaam and at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. She is a founding member of the social enterprise SEREN and was an AfOx Visiting Fellow in 2019. In this fireside chat, Siana reflects on her journey as an innovator in Tanzania.