Home > News > Public Health Updated 23 January 2014 Igniting Healthcare Innovation in Africa The UCT Graduate School of Business and the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences are looking for a needs-based approach to healthcare innovation in Africa. 0 Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Initiative ~ Related A breakthrough in diagnostic tech Pioneering operation at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital Gauteng hospitals face billions in claims A new platform for Africans to tackle health on the continent that will focus on generating creative and innovative solutions that cut across disciplines and sectors has been launched by the University of Cape Town.The Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Initiative (IHII), is a joint initiative of the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences. Health24.com is the official media partner of the initiative.The IHII will serve as a collaborative, cross-sectoral and trans-disciplinary platform and promote a needs-based, empathy-driven approach to healthcare innovation. Support for the initiative has been received from the National Department of Health and of Science and Technology, the South African Medical Research Council, and the Technology Innovation Agency.To mark the launch of the Initiative, UCT will host two landmark events:The Hacking Health 2014 healthcare innovation hackathon in Cape Town on 24 & 25 January 2014. The Inclusive Health Care Innovation Summit in Cape Town on 29 & 30 January 2014. The launch of the IHII comes at a time when health care in South Africa and Africa is facing a myriad of challenges in delivering care to those who need it most.“The complexity of challenges faced in healthcare is calling for different paradigms of thinking and for the co-creation of new innovative solutions,” says Professor de Villiers, Dean, UCT Faculty of Health Sciences. “Now more than ever innovation is required to develop solutions that can improve the delivery of healthcare in Africa in an inclusive, effective and affordable manner. These solutions must transcend current challenges in the system to improve health outcomes for patients but also to change the routines, responsibility and values of our health workers responsible for delivering the care.” Director of the GSB, Professor Walter Baets says, “Together with the initiative’s partners, participants of the summit, and actors in the healthcare system, new innovative solutions for a healthier African future can be pioneered.”The IHII will be based in the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the GSB and in the Department of Medicine at UCT and Groote Schuur Hospital. For any queries about the Initiative please contact Dr Lindi van Niekerk at email@example.com / Tel: 072 236 2079Registrations for the Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit are now open! To register go to www.inclusivehealth.co.za. Press Release, University of Cape Town Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship More in News Friday as safe as any other day for surgery More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Red meat and eggs risky for people with narrowed arteries Fitness How to get into trail running Lifestyle Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? News SPONSORED: 5 health shows to watch that are anything but boring! Parenting 10 interesting Down syndrome facts News Friday as safe as any other day for surgery From our sponsors Win a Skin Renewal voucher valued at R2 000 Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.