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

Key initiatives


Appropriate, affordable and good quality medical devices are indispensable in healthcare services. They serve for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. In the context of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health Innovation and Intellectual Property, the World Health Organization (WHO) with support from the European Union developed this two project reports on medical devices access through local production.

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