Medical devices

Innovative technologies

Innovative Technologies

Innovative technologies serve to fill existing gaps in the availability of health technologies to vulnerable populations through the provision of new solutions to health problems, the adaptation of existing technologies to a particular setting or for a new use, and the combination of technologies to address several health issues at once. WHO has been working, along with experts, collaborating centres and Member States, to raise awareness on innovative technologies.

Local Production and Technology Transfer

Local Production and Technology Transfer to Increase Access to Medical Devices:
"Addressing the barriers and challenges in low- and middle-income countries"

Key initiatives


Medical devices are required for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of diseases. Medical devices range from simple to sophisticated and there more than 10 000 types of medical devices available making proper selection appropriate to the needs of the population, the available infrastructure and clinical procedures very complicated. The sections contained herein are meant to assist countries in understanding what technologies are available, under development and suitable for their particular context.