First meeting of the advisory group on health technology
21-23 April 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
Defining Country Needs
The first meeting of the technical advisory group on health technology (TAGHT) was held in Geneva in April 2009. The purpose of the meeting was to review and analyse country experiences in order to better support Member States in developing, improving or enhancing effective national health technology policies, programmes and systems, particularly through the revision and update of existing tools or the development of new ones to address identified gaps.
The meeting convened participants and observers from 11 countries, the 25 members of the TAGHT, and staff from WHO headquarters and four of the six WHO Regional Offices.
The recommendations of the meeting are to be followed up by a smaller group of selected experts who would work on the revision and update of existing tools and development of new ones, as required. The outcome of this work will be presented at a second meeting of the TAGHT to be held at Rio de Janeiro in November 2009, and concluded at a third meeting at Cairo in June 2010, following pilot country implementation of selected tools.
The tools and implementation experiences will be discussed at the First Global Forum on Medical Devices in Bangkok, Thailand, 9-11 September 2010.