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Obama’s Africa Visit Provides Opportunities To Promote Health Diplomacy, Local R&D Entrepreneurialism

The Hill: As Obama heads to Africa, an entrepreneurial approach to fighting disease takes root
Daniel Ochiel, immunologist and director of African Laboratory Programs for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

“…The spirit of locally generated health R&D entrepreneurialism is rooted in the idea that Africans themselves must become more involved in finding solutions to the diseases that are devastating their communities. … The entrepreneurialism of African scientists and researchers is an essential element of our continent’s overall future success, and we urge Obama and the upcoming Global Entrepreneurial Summit to help us create and sustain an environment in which innovation will thrive” (7/23).

Global Health NOW: Obama’s Ethiopia Visit: An Opportunity for Health Diplomacy
Donna A. Patterson, author

“U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to Ethiopia and Kenya this week presents an opportune platform to not only acknowledge Ethiopia’s successes in public health, but also to address lingering health inequities in the country. In particular, he should speak to the importance of women’s health. … Obama’s visit to Ethiopia gives him the opportunity to go beyond the usual political discussions and bring health diplomacy into conversation in new ways” (6/23).

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