Building momentum for global health and development

1 November 2019

CAPRISA participated in the 2019 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting co-hosted by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health, Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, from 27 – 30 October held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The primary aim of the meeting was to build momentum for global health and development through innovation and scientific collaboration among international groups and researchers. The meeting convenes over 1,000 key leaders from across the global community to share best practices, encourage collaboration and seek solutions for common challenges.

 Professor Salim Abdool Karim, CAPRISA’s Director, delivered a spotlight talk (akin to a TED talk) on the development of CAP256 bnAb for HIV prevention.

Professor Jerome Singh, head of Ethics and Law at CAPRISA participated in a plenary session on science advocacy  and the official press conference to discuss gene drive - an approach to genetically modify mosquitoes for malaria control.

He also participated as a panellist in a Q&A session entitled:  Innovation for Good, Innovation for Growth, held in the United Nations Conference Center and the Coalition for African Research and Innovation (CARI) Pharma Working Group meeting.