Posted by: ihfgeneva | November 29, 2013

IHF Participates in WHO Second Global Forum on Medical Devices

2013-11-24 14.33.55 The International Hospital Federation was represented by Partnerships and Project Manager, Sheila Anazonwu, at the WHO’s Second Global Forum on Medical Devices in Geneva on 22-24 November. The forum, which brought together over 650 participants from over 100 member states, provided an international platform to discuss and exchange information on increasing access to high-quality, safe and appropriate medical devices.

Charles-Edouard Escurat, Deputy Director of RESAH-IDF, member and coordinator of activities of the IHF Group Purchasing – Special Interest Group (GPO-SIG) –, presented and participated in a discussion themed, “Need for care operators to increase efficiency in medical devices procurement through volume pooling, resource & expertise.”

The forum underlined the essential role of medical devices for Universal Health Coverage, achievement of the MDGs, the targeting of non-communicable diseases and the aging population. Themes covered throughout the forum included health care delivery/infrastructure, health technology management, medical imaging, policies for medical devices, and patient safety.

The main objectives of the forum were to:

  • Define how to increase access to priority medical devices under the Universal Health Coverage initiative
  • Share evidence on best practices – health technology assessment, management, regulation of medical devices
  • Demonstrate development of innovative tech to respond to global health priorities
  • Present outcomes of implementation of World Health Assembly on health technologies – status of actions resulting from First Global Forum on Medical Devices

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