#CWI13 Access Afya works with the AUDA-NEPAD to improve pandemic resilience

Access Afya Inc., founded by #CWI13 fellow Melissa Menke, has been selected as one of the five companies to participate in the AUDA-NEPAD’s Pandemic Resilience Accelerator. The Accelerator was founded by the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), a pan-African institution at the forefront of policy harmonization, in partnership with JICA, the official development assistance agency of the Government of Japan, and with support from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm.

The initiative aims to accelerate African home-grown solutions that are improving pandemic resilience. It provides hands-on, tailored acceleration support to growth and mature stage African health-related businesses that are improving healthcare capacity or reducing reliance on external medical supply chains.

Access Afya Inc. provides low-cost, primary health care to people living in informal settlements & remote areas of Kenya.

These five home-grown companies contribute meaningfully to pandemic resilience, both in the immediate COVID-19 crisis and in their longer-term strengthening of healthcare capacity and local supply chains. They constitute the inaugural cohort for this accelerator and will receive support over the six-month pilot program.

Based on the outcomes of the pilot program in the East African Community, the accelerator aims to expand to other parts of Africa later this year, with the ultimate goal of improving our continent's ability to respond to future outbreaks through home-grown solutions.

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