East Africa Biodesign


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East Africa Biodesign is a global collaboration between the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), the University of Rwanda, Kenyatta University, and Stanford Biodesign. The program aims to enhance health outcomes and equity for underserved populations in East Africa by training local innovators to develop appropriate, accessible, and sustainable health innovations.

Beginning with the inaugural class of 2024, two groups of East Africa Biodesign Innovation Fellows will spend 10 months in residence in Kigali, Rwanda, and Nairobi, Kenya. They will work in cross-disciplinary teams, completely immersed in the East African healthcare system. Fellows will be instructed by local faculty who have attended the Global Faculty Training program at Stanford Biodesign.

To learn more about the program, please visit the website or contact Meghana Nerurkar and Natnael Shimelash for additional information.

[East Africa Biodesign] will set the stage well for making sure we're developing and designing the right products. It will be wonderful to know that a lot of work has been done in really understanding the needs of the patient [and] the needs of the healthcare institutions, so that whatever product is being developed is something that has been very clearly thought through.– Wambui Nyabero, Chief Technology Officer, Villgro Africa