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The First Global Forum on Medical Devices


9-11 September 2010, Bangkok, Thailand
The World Health Organization is pleased to announce the First Global Forum on Medical Devices to be held 9-11 September, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The adoption of the first resolution on health technologies in May 2007 by the World Health Assembly (WHA 60.29) set the framework for an unprecedented focus on health technologies. Health technologies are recognized as essential for the achievement of health-related Millennium Development Goals. Medical devices in particular play a fundamental role in strengthening national health systems and in improving health outcomes.

WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel

The 63rd World Health Assembly agreed a global code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel. It provides Member States with ethical principles for international health worker recruitment that strengthen the health systems of developing countries. It discourages states from actively recruiting health personnel from developing countries that face critical shortages of health workers, and encourages them to facilitate the "circular migration of health personnel" to maximize skills and knowledge sharing. It also enshrines equal rights of both migrant and non-migrant health workers.

Counterfeit medicines

In May 2010, the World Health Assembly asked WHO to convene an intergovernmental working group to examine WHO's role in:

* ensuring availability of good-quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medicine
* relation to the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT)
* prevention and control of substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products.

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A well-functioning health system
working in harmony is built on having
trained and motivated health
workers, a well-maintained infrastructure,
and a reliable supply of medicines
and technologies, backed by adequate
funding, strong health plans and
evidence-based policies.