22-24 November 2013
The Second Global Forum on Medical Devices provided the global public health community with opportunities for information exchange and collaboration to increase access to high-quality, safe, and appropriate priority medical devices. This will impact the continuum of care ranging from screening to diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation under the Universal Health Coverage Strategy. The conference allowed end users and stakeholders from academia, international organizations, industry, and NGOs to share their experiences and challenges in providing access to medical devices.
Second WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices
Survey on Access to Medical Devices in Low-Resource Settings: Thanks!
This is the second year that the Medical Devices Unit is investigating the role of local production in improving access to selected medical devices, especially in resource-scarce settings. A 2013 survey was distributed to stakeholders to better understand the barriers and challenges related to feasible and sustainable local production. 173 completed survey questionnaires were received from respondents in 47 countries.
WHO would like to thank those who participated in this survey, particularly for your comments and suggestions. Preliminary results from the survey will be posted within the next month. The outputs and outcomes of the project will be presented at the 2nd Global Forum on Medical Devices in November. To learn more, please read our 2012 report
Manual of diagnostic ultrasound, volume 2
We are proud to announce the publication of the Manual of diagnostic ultrasound, volume 2 (second edition). This new publication covers modern diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasonography extensively and will benefit medical professionals in improving ‘health for all’.
To download the document, please go to: Manual of diagnostic ultrasound, volume 2
To purchase a copy, please visit the WHO bookstore
United Nations Commission on Life-saving Commodities
The United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children aims to increase access to life-saving medicines and health supplies for the world’s most vulnerable people by championing efforts to reduce barriers that block access to essential health commodities. The commission has made 10 recommendations to increase access to 13 essential, overlooked commodities in four categories (reproductive health, maternal health, newborn health, and child health). WHO is fully responsible for recommendations 4 and 5 and participates in others as needed. The Medical Devices unit is specifically looking at strengthening the quality and improving the regulatory efficiency of three specific types of medical devices: the female , neonatal resuscitation equipment (mask, valve and bag), and for injectable antibiotics.
Medical devices are essential for safe and effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of illness and disease. The achievement of health-related development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals upon proper manufacturing, regulation, planning, assessment, acquisition, management and use of medical devices which are of good quality, safe and compatible with the settings in which they are used.
As outlined in the World Health Assembly resolution WHA60.29, the WHO Department of Essential Health Technologies (EHT), Diagnostics Imaging and Medical devices Team (DIM) aims to ensure improved access, quality and use of safe and appropriate medical devices in line with Primary .