Medical devices

Call for innovative technologies that address global health concerns

Overview

Medical devices are indispensable in health care delivery as tools for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. However, despite the exponential growth of scientific and technological development, availability of and access to appropriate and affordable health technologies in low- and middle-income countries are still insufficient.

Innovative technologies refer to novel medical device solutions that address health problems and improve quality of life. Of particular interest are technologies suitable for use in low- and middle income countries that have the ability to improve health for populations most in need. WHO is committed to identifying and promoting innovative technologies that address global health concerns and to stimulate their development. Thus, in 2009 WHO launched a call for innovative technologies aimed at identifying and evaluating innovative medical devices, either existing or under development, which address global health concerns and which are likely to be accessible, appropriate and affordable for use in low- and middle-income countries.

Selected innovative technologies

Applications have been evaluated by a team of international experts appointed by WHO. The lists of selected innovative technologies include the technologies that the team of experts has found to meet the selection criteria defined in the call for innovative technologies that address global health concerns.

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