Here's the latest info shared by WHO's Adriana Velázquez regarding Medical Devices and the World Health Organization (March 2021).
Dear colleagues, hoping you are doing well and safe, please find below the latest information on: 1) Fair pricing forum to take place in April and on publications released in March: 2) New guidelines for Screening tuberculosis and 3) New WHO-IAEA Radiotherapy technical specifications.
Fair Pricing Forum – 13-22 April 2021
In 2019, the World Health Assembly adopted Resolution WHA 72.8 on Improving the transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines, and other health products. The resolution requests the Director-General, inter alia, “To continue its efforts to biennially convene the Fair Pricing Forum with Member States and all relevant stakeholders to discuss the affordability and transparency of prices and costs relating to health products.” The medical devices session will take place on the 14th of April:
A limited number of places may be available to interested individuals working in this area. If you would like to register your interest to participate, please provide your details here: https://indico.un.org/event/35734/overview . All individual expressions of interest will be evaluated. Selected individuals will be sent a formal registration link.
The agenda for the Forum can be found here: Agenda at a glance
TUBERCULOSIS, DEADLY DISEASE THAT IS PREVENTABLE AND CURABLE
Each year, we commemorate World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.TB remains one of the world’s deadliest infectious killers.
4000 lose their lives to TB and close to 28,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease.
WHO announces updated guidance on the systematic screening for tuberculosis. The updated guidance avails of the latest evidence and best available practices on new approaches to screening of people at risk, the role of new technologies such as computer-aided detection(CAD) to interpret chest radiography and the use of molecular rapid diagnostics for screening.
New publication published 5th March: WHO IAEA Technical specifications for radiotherapy equipment
This new publication can support countries in the procurement of essential radiotherapy equipment
Many thanks, best regards & stay safe!
Adriana Velazquez Berumen, MSc. | Biomedical Clinical Engineer | Team Lead Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostics, MDD | Health Product Policy and Standards Department, HPS | Access to Medicines and Health Products Division, MHP | World Health Organization, WHO | Geneva, Switzerland