Lunch time seminar on Improving access to medical devices, eHealth solutions and innovative health technologies with a focus on low resource settings
A lunch time seminar on WHO-wide activities that are being undertaken to improve access to medical devices, eHealth solutions and innovative health technologies with a focus on low resource settings was held on Thursday, 7 February 2013 from 12.30 to 14.00 in WHO headquarters (Salle G).
The seminar showcased two recent initiatives and include illustrative examples from users in countries. It also highlighted the current call for Medical devices and eHealth solutions Compendium of innovative health technologies for low-resource settings. The purpose of the Compendium is to create a neutral platform for technologies which are likely to be suitable for use in low-resource settings.
During this event, a new report entitled Local Production and Technology Transfer to Increase Access to Medical Devices was launched, which forms part of a WHO-led project supported by the European Union looking at the role local production can play in improving access to health technologies and how to address the barriers and challenges in low- and middle-income countries.
Future activities to build in-country capacity and facilitate access to the technologies highlighted in the compendium were also outlined and a question and answer session followed the presentations.
The seminar was open to all staff and invitations were also sent to other agencies, non-governmental organizations and industry.