Unmet Medical Device Needs in Developing Countries
A presentation by Olubunmi Ode, M.D.
In spite of an abundance of medical devices around the world, and a pace of production faster than health systems can keep up with, there is a mismatch between device production and subsequent availability for use in many parts of the world. This mismatch worsens global health disparities and weakens vulnerable health systems. Most medical devices in developing countries are developed in the context of industrialized countries, and up to three quarters of devices do not function in these settings and remain unused. This talk will explore current global public health priorities and opportunities for creating and producing medical devices in the context of developing countries and low-resource settings.