The Second World Health Organisation’s Global Forum on Medical Devices took place in Geneva on November 22-24th and gathered together the academia, international organisations, industry and NGOs. While one of the WHO’s strategic objectives is “to ensure improved access, quality and use of medical devices”, during this event the organisation emphasized how important it is to align medical device innovation with the public health need. According to the WHO, there is a mismatch between these two spheres.
After hearing the stakeholders’ opinion, five insights were listed to help the industry work towards resolving the mismatch: 4 ‘A’s define the agenda to improve access to appropriate medical devices (Availability, Accessibility, Appropriateness, and Affordability); Diagnostics industry contributes to low resource settings beyond Corporate Social Responsibility activities; Bring research and manufacturing to low resource settings; Young entrepreneurs have a good grasp of localisation; Mobile is the way to go.
To know more about the event, go to www.who.int/medical_devices/2nd_gfmd/en/