Global Health Innovation Accelerator

In August 2014, the SAMRC and PATH formed the Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) as a partnership to address the gaps and barriers in the health innovation ecosystem in South Africa and to enhance the ability of both organizations to meet their respective mandates. GHIA is aimed at facilitating the late stage development and introduction of affordable and appropriate technologies in South Africa and Africa more broadly.

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GHIA combines the local context experience and networks, human and financial resources and research and development project portfolio of the SAMRC with PATH’s in-house product development and commercialization expertise, network of international health technology companies, international footprint in developing countries and global funding and advocacy network. GHIA’s value proposition is thus the combination of offerings from two reputable organisations with demonstrated success in utilizing resources to drive health impact and commercialization.

The ultimate goal of GHIA's work is to strengthen the health innovation ecosystem in South Africa, to deliver new health solutions, and to drive positive social health impact through its programs and projects.

On 26 March 2021, the SAMRC, Technology Innovation Agency and Department of Science and Innovation launched the new Medical Device and Diagnostic Innovation Cluster (MeDDIC) under GHIA. Please follow this link for more details.

Below is a snapshot of the main activities undertaken by GHIA and MeDDIC

GHIA has completed a landscape analysis of the medical devices sector in South Africa. The report was presented at a Medical Devices Stakeholder Forum event on 17 March 2022. (SAMRC Medical Devices Landscape Report 2022)

For funders, GHIA offers the potential to de-risk projects and to enhance the probability of success by presenting projects that have been through a thorough due diligence process, that respond to a clear market need, that are technically sound and backed by strong academic networks, and that are rigorously managed by experienced project managers to deliver on defined milestones. GHIA also addresses social imperatives by focusing on technologies aimed at improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

Core support for GHIA has been provided through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in-kind contributions from the SAMC and PATH.

 GHIA Team

For more information on GHIA, please contact:
Grace Baloyi
Senior Programme Manager: GIPD
Nkululeko Ndlovu
Nare Moichela
Earl Prinsloo

GHIA consultants

Tony Bunn  
Ralph Schneiderman