Do you have a new technology solution to a well-known health problem?
Do you have a technology solution to a health problem not yet addressed?
The Medical Devices, Assistive Devices, and eHealth units of WHO invite you to submit your solution to the Call for innovative medical devices and eHealth solutions for low-resource settings. Selected submissions will be published in the WHO Compendium of innovative health technologies 2013.
Launch of a new report:
Local Production and Technology Transfer to Increase Access to Medical Devices:
"Addressing the barriers and challenges in low- and middle-income countries"
The baseline country survey provides a global reference on Health Technologies, particularly on the availability of specific medical devices, policies, guidelines, standards and services.
The Global Initiative on Health Technologies (GIHT) aims to support the international community in establishing a framework for the development of national health technology programmes and encourages the business and scientific communities to identify and adapt "innovative" technologies that can have a significant impact on public health in developing countries.
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 depends 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 Health Care Reform.