“African Health Innovation Systems: Preface”

Concern over access to essential medicines has dominated international policy debates over the last two decades. Much of this has focused on the role of intellectual property rights in either restricting or enabling developing countries to address persistent and emerging medical challenges. Much of this has focused on countries which have borne higher disease burdens due in part to their low income levels.

These arguments and the associated policy prescriptions are guided by the view that will remain a marginal player in the world of health and will continue to rely on imported solutions. This collection of original papers provides a different prognosis. They reveal an emergent “health system” in Africa that is driven by a combination of local research, entrepreneurship and institutional adaptations.

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