The IFK focuses on seven themes, each championed by a research group: Blockchain and the Cryptoverse (BC), Data Science across Disciplines (DSAD), Decentralised Artificial Intelligence and Control Systems (DAICS), the Future of Diplomacy (FoD), the Future of Health (FoH), Green Futures (GF) and Work of the Future (WoF).
The Future of Health Research Group takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding humanity’s efforts to improve health and deal with sickness to improve future medical and public health initiatives. The Group’s broad mandate includes philosophical, sociological, anthropological, and other disciplinary approaches, and covers clinical medicine, public health, epidemiology, biomedical research, and other health knowledge. The Group investigates existing medical crises and the management thereof. It seeks to critique the potential medical techniques and strategies of the future, such as the application of AI in Medicine.
Africans must have total collective agency in all matters of public health on the continent. To enable this agenda, the FoH is incubating the African Agency in Public Health Institute (AAPHI). AAPHI is based on the premise that Africans must be in control of their contextually grounded, well-designed and efficacious healthcare systems. They must fully participate in the entire medicine value chain from investment, research & development, clinical trials, manufacturing, distribution and delivery to citizens. This requires enhanced pharmaceutical and bio-tech capabilities across the continent. Africans must have world-class medical, science and technology institutions across the continent – centres of undisputed and demonstrable excellence. Continental, regional, and national health policies must be driven by wellness (preventative) and not disease management (curative). The best way to achieve these aspirations is an Africa-wide strategy leveraging the economies of scale gained through continental integration and African unity, anchored by the African Diaspora. All this should be enhanced by partnerships – on African terms – of the continent as one entity with partners from the Global North and South.
A starting point for AAPHI is establishing the requirements, conditions and strategy necessary for all vaccines and medicines consumed in Africa to be products of research, development and manufacturing on the continent. The next step is executing this strategy.
The FoH Group contributes toward the attainment of SDG 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.
Virtual Digital Forum: How the Government of South Africa can Leverage Social Media in the fight against Covid-19
The Future of Health 10:00 – 12:30 Thursday 29 July 2021 Register here The Digital Media Directorate at the Government Communication and Information System
The Future of Health 10:30 – 12:00 Thursday 3 June 2021 Register here Abstract: Healthcare systems in most African countries are failing, and this is