Health experts from the Ministry of Health, Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopian Public Health Institute, St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College and Addis Continental Institute of Public Health have taken part in this year’s Grand Challanges Annual Meeting that brought together funding and research partners throughout the Grand Challenges network and beyond, from October 23-26 in Brussels, Belgium.
During the course of the annual meeting, the Ethiopian team had useful interactive meetings with teams from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GC Canada, GC India, GC Africa, EDCTP, KEMRI and other attendees to collaborate and strengthen Research, Development and Innovation in the country.
Grand Challenges Ethiopia (GCE), an initiative of the Ministry of Health was established in 2015 to address major health sector grand challenges within the Ethiopian context. Its main focus includes, curbing high maternal and child mortality, poor adolescent and youth health, pastoralist health, emerging and increasing trends of antimicrobial resistance and deaths due to non-communicable diseases through fostering health innovations.
As from 2017, GCE has been hosted by AHRI and has its own secretariat and taskforce. Since 2017, a total of 550 health innovation project proposals have been submitted; 320 proposals for proof of concept and 230 for transition to scale grants. The GCE taskforce has thus far reviewed and evaluated all the 550 proposals and selected 70 best proposals for funding: 52 seed, 17 transitions to scale, and one validation test health innovation projects.