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Kenya: Health CS roots for research and innovation at Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs

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 Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe calls for more investment in research and new innovations to better tackle current and emerging health problems Addressing the summit on malaria and neglected tropical diseases in Kigali the Health CS argued for the need to develop appropriate tools and technologies to efficiently address prevailing health challenges Innovation is hellip
Kenya: Health CS roots for research and innovation at Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs

NNN: Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe calls for more investment in research and new innovations to better tackle current and emerging health problems.

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Addressing the summit on malaria and neglected tropical diseases in Kigali, the Health CS argued for the need to develop appropriate tools and technologies to efficiently address prevailing health challenges. ‘Innovation is needed both to develop new tools and technologies and to ensure that these vital tools reach the communities that need them, where and when they are needed most,’ said Kagwe.

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In addition to committing more resources to the health sector, Kagwe said Kenya has adopted innovative strategies to help improve access, including a focus on better data and surveillance, the use of drone technology for mosquito larvae control, the Youth Malaria Army, an innovative platform bringing together young people from all 47 counties in Kenya to fight malaria, as well as the planned launch of the use of pediatric praziquantel to prevent and treat children vulnerable to schistosomiasis.

He said it was imperative that regional and international players focus on local research and development partnerships and the manufacturing of public health tools and commodities, adding that quality local manufacturing will also help ensure the stability and affordability of the commodity supply.

“Now more than ever, we must work together to eradicate malaria and NTDs, unleash the capacity of our health workers to address unavoidable health conditions, and strengthen the resilience of our health system. We have an opportunity to put an end to the many deaths caused, allow our people to be more productive and ensure the growth of the economies of our countries.” Said the CS of health.

Speaking at the same forum, Dr. Lutz Hegemann, President of Global Health and Sustainability at Novartis, said it was important for the private sector to focus on access to ensure innovations are available to as many patients as possible.

According to the executive director of Medicines Development for Global Health, Dr. Mark Sullivan, it was necessary to ensure that all initiatives were in line with global regulatory frameworks to safeguard quality.

Hosted by the Government of Rwanda and taking place in conjunction with the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is a key opportunity for world leaders demonstrate their commitment to ending malaria and NTDs.

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