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AHIC is based in Ghana but leads projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Since our launch in 2019, AHIC has worked in Ghana, Senegal, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi.


Applying Research for a Healthy Liberia is a USAID-funded partnership between the University of Liberia College of Health Sciences (ULCHS), Yale University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and other partners. The five-year project includes a workstream focused on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the healthcare sector. The creation course is part of the Bridge-U initiative in collaboration with the AHIC team, and aims to expose aspirational idealists to entrepreneurship in order to cultivate a mindset for developing innovative solutions to health problems/challenges in Liberia.

The Course will deliver strategic approaches on identification of ideas, researching ideas, and developing concepts to becoming an entrepreneur. Participants will gain knowledge, skills, and attitude essential for employability and practice good leadership for operating a successful enterprise.

Thought Leadership and Strategic Consulting

AHIC works directly with governments, international organisations, private sector companies, healthcare centers, and startups to provide direct advisory services on market entry, community engagement, and scaled growth. In addition, AHIC leadership speaks publicly at conferences, universities, and special events around the world on the development of strong health innovation and digital health ecosystems, the role of innovation in public sector work, the importance of accessibility in the entrepreneurship space, and the relevance of African and Africa-focused health startups.

Co-founder and CEO Emily Sheldon has represented AHIC on stages such as the Inclusive Africa Summit, VivaTech, re:publica Africa, MedinIsrael, the Sankalp West Africa Summit, the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures Annual Summit, the Ghana Emergency Medicine Conference, and more.

Cross-Sector Networking Events

AHIC has been building bridges, fostering cross-sector collaboration, and supporting skill and knowledge sharing across geographies and industries through various events and special meetings.

Over the years, the AHIC team has successfully organised health hackathons, closed-door meetings, and special cocktail events for ecosystem actors and interested parties including prominent members of Ghana's health community (including practitioners, clinicians, advocates, students, and public health professionals), human rights advocates, representatives from the disabled and disability advocacy communities, startup companies, government employees, and more.

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Worship participants take part in workshop by African Health Innovation Centre


Since 2018, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has sought to realize the potential of young people in Ghana through the Youth Leaders Fellowship (YoLe Fellows) programme.The programme helps young Ghanaians to hone their skills needed to launch their careers. An integral component of the YoLe programme involves exposing the Fellows to the various agencies within and outside the UN system. It is expected that through this exposure, the Fellows will grow to better understand the diverse nature of starting a career as well as the mandate of the UN and the work of the different UN agencies in the context of the UN Reform and the Delivering as One Agenda. The first cohort comprised 16 high-performing, recent graduates of Ghanaian higher institutions between the ages of 22 – 26 years.

AHIC has been the programme's innovation partner since its inception, delivering full-day seminars that introduce entrepreneurial tools such as the Business Model Canvas and Human-Centered Design through interactive, thought-provoking sessions.

Pathways Project

Variations in health business regulations pose ethical concerns to the strength of any health system - and, currently, the business and regulatory processes are a source of confusion and stress for many entrepreneurs.

AHIC is leading an internal research project mapping various regulatory pathways (including business registration, drug approval, food safety regulation, health facility regulation, and more) through a mixed methods approach which leverages surveys, literature reviews, and key informant interviews.

The final product will include a Health Entrepreneurship Pathways Guide, providing researchers and entrepreneurs with a clear, transparent, at-a-glance process map to support anyone aiming to launch a health business within Ghana.

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