Innovation for Cancer Care in Africa (ICCA)

Innovation for Cancer Care in Africa (ICCA) is an East Africa-India-UK research collaboration led by The Open University, investigating ways to link innovation in the industrial and health sectors to improve access to cancer care in Kenya and Tanzania.

The support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (UK) is gratefully acknowledged. ICCA is funded by the ESRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund Inclusive Societies initiative. Grant reference ES/S000658/1.

Our Research

This project aims to identify the scope for innovative industrial-health collaboration to tackle the emerging crisis of exclusion from cancer care in Africa. Our research will establish baseline evidence on emerging technological opportunities, high priority local needs, and local industrial and health sector capabilities in Kenya and Tanzania.

We will also explore opportunities and challenges emerging from experiences in India and the United Kingdom. This collaborative research will bring together stakeholders from industrial, policy, and health sectors, exploring how to harness industrial and health capabilities to drive more inclusive growth. The main outcomes of this project will be practical scenarios, which link innovation in industry and health sectors to generate more accessible cancer care in East Africa.  

Patients' experiences of cancer, and health professionals' knowledge and experience.
Local firms' capabilities to move into cancer-related pharmaceuticals, medical devices and ICT.
How to link innovation in local industrial and health sectors to strengthen cancer care.
New low-cost technologies for cancer care are coming through. Evidence from India and the UK.
New methods and new knowledge through collaboration across boundaries.
Collaborative generation, evidencing and costing of specific scenarios for better cancer care.

Latest publications

Banda, G., D. Kale, M. Mackintosh and J. Mugwagwa (2021) Local manufacturing for health in Africa in the time of Covid-19: experience and lessons for policy. Growth Research Programme. Webinar Report.
Working paper - 08 Mar 2021
Srinivas, S. and D. Kale (2021) 'New approaches to learning and regulation in medical devices and diagnostics'. Innovation, Knowledge and Development Working Paper 90.
Working paper - 11 Jan 2021
Srinivas, S., R. Prasad and P. Rao (2020) 'The clinical foreground and industrial background: customizing national strategy for Covid-19 testing', Innovation Knowledge and Development Working Paper No. 87


11 Jan 2021
Professor Smita Srinivas, who leads ICCA's work in India, has been honoured by the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) for her outstanding work in the area of institutional economics.

Our partners

The support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (UK) is gratefully acknowledged.