WHO compendium of innovative health technologies for low-resource settings 2021. COVID-19 and other health priorities


World Health Organization

15 Sep 2021


Health technologies, specially medical devices are essential for a functioning health system. The  response  to  the  global  COVID-19  pandemic  crisis  has  exacerbated  the  need  for  rapid  evidence based  assessments  of  innovative  health  technologies  to  ensure  safe  and  appropriate  use.  Thus,  the objectives of the 2021 compendium are to:

1.Select  innovative  technologies  that  can  have  an  immediate  or  future  impact  on  the  COVID-19 preparedness  and  response,  have  the  potential  to  improve  health  outcomes  and  quality  of life,  and/or  offer  a  solution  to  an  unmet  medical/health  technology  need  by  evaluating  their appropriateness, quality, and safety. 

2.  Shed  light  on  advantages  and  challenges  associated  with  the  adoption  of  innovative  health technologies in low-resource settings.

3. Acknowledge some success stories  and,  at  the  same time,  raise  awareness  of  the  pressing  need  for appropriate and affordable solutions and encourage more innovative efforts in the field.

4. Encourage greater interaction among Ministries of Health, procurement offices, donors, technology  developers,  manufacturers,  clinicians,  academics  and  the  general  public  to  ensure greater  investment  in  appropriate  health  technology  and  a  move  toward  universal  access  to essential health technologies.

5.  Support informed procurement decisions by NGOs, governments, and other stakeholders.

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