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The Challenge of Disruptive Health Technologies in Africa

Authors: Leigh Messenger*, , Joseph R. Oppong, Professor of Geography & Academic Associate Vice Provost, University of North Texas
Topics: Africa, Medical and Health Geography
Keywords: disruptive technologies, innovation, health care, health policy, geographic access, Africa
Session Type: Paper
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Facing excessively high and worsening skilled health worker shortages, innovations that allow completion of medical procedures in more convenient and less expensive settings by technicians and nurses instead of physicians and specialists could expand the reach of health care services to the millions currently without access. Yet considerable challenges abound. This paper examines the challenge of disruptive technologies in health care in Africa. Using examples from several countries, it probes the challenges facing deployment and outlines policy options for expanding geographic access to health care through disruptive technologies across Africa.

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