[health-vn] Call for innovative technologies that address global health concerns
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Subject: [EQ] Call for innovative technologies that address global
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:22:46 -0500
From: Ruggiero, Mrs. Ana Lucia (WDC) <ruglucia at PAHO.ORG>
Reply-To: Equity, Health & Human Development <EQUIDAD at LISTSERV.PAHO.ORG>
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*Call for innovative technologies that address global health concerns*
*WHO Department of Essential Health Technologies
*The deadline for submission is 31 January 2010.*
*Website: http://www.who.int/medical_devices/call/en/index.html *
Medical devices are indispensable in health care delivery as tools for
prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. However, despite
the exponential growth of scientific and technological development,
availability of and access to appropriate and affordable health
technologies in low- and middle-income countries are still insufficient.
One of the goals of the WHO Department of Essential Health Technologies
is to help make available the benefits of core health technologies by
developing a framework for health technology programmes and by
challenging the scientific and business community to identify and
develop innovative technologies to address global health concerns.
The call for innovative technologies aims at identifying and evaluating
innovative medical devices, either existing or under development, which
address global health concerns and which are likely to be accessible,
appropriate and affordable for use in low- and middle-income countries.
* 11 September- Opening date for applications
* 31 January 2010- Deadline for submission of applications
* 27-29 April 2010- Selection of applications
* 30 June 2010- Posting of selected technologies on the WHO website
The call for innovative technologies is open to manufacturers,
institutions, universities, governments, individuals and non-profit
organizations. One submission per applicant will be accepted.
Eligible health technologies are limited to medical devices as defined
by the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF). They include instruments,
medical equipment, implants, disposables, assistive devices and
software, used mainly for the purpose of prevention, diagnosis,
monitoring or treatment of disease, control of conception,
rehabilitation, or measuring, restoring or correcting physiological
functions. These technologies may be commercialized/-sable or in a
The call does not cover clinical procedures, medicinal products,
vaccines, biological therapeutic products or tissue engineered medical
To qualify for consideration, a technology must be deemed to be
"innovative" by providing evidence that the solution:
* Has not previously existed;
* Has not previously been made available in low- and middle-income
* Is safer and/or simpler to use than earlier solutions; and/or
* Is more cost effective than previous technologies.
Category 1 is for commercialized products or products which are
commercialisable. This includes new products; products which have been
commercialized for less than five years in high-income countries and
which are not (yet) widely used in low- and middle-income countries;
recent adaptation of existing non-health products for a health purpose;
and/or recent adaptation of an existing medical device for low- and
Category 2 is for products in a non-commercialized or a
non-commercialisable stage. This includes products which are under
development or otherwise in a conceptual stage.
Applications can be submitted for solutions to the following global
* Lower respiratory infections
* Diarrhoeal diseases
* Prematurity and low birth weight
* Neonatal infections
* Birth asphyxia and birth trauma
* Unipolar depressive disorders
* Ischemic heart disease
* Cerebrovascular disease
* Road traffic accidents
* Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
* Alcohol use disorders
* Refractive errors
* Deficient maternal health
* Infant and child (under 5) mortality
*The application form should be completed in English, signed and
e-mailed as a PDF document to medicaldevices at who.int.
Receipt of applications will be confirmed by e-mail.
*The deadline for submission is 31 January 2010.
Step 1: WHO will screen all applications. The ones which are incomplete
will, in principle, not be processed further. An identifier code will be
assigned to the application and all information about the applicant will
be removed to maintain confidentiality.
Step 2: Application (without identification data) will be sent to
selected WHO collaborating institutions for a second screening with
respect to conformity to the scope of the call for innovative
technologies. Those applications which do not fall within the scope of
the call will not be sent to the selection committee (Advisory Group on
Step 3: Proposals will be evaluated and selected by the Advisory Group
on Innovative Technologies, which is composed of experts in the field of
health technologies. A confidentiality agreement will be signed by the
members of such advisory group. Any expert reviewer with a declared
conflict of interest will not be authorized to participate in the review.
The following considerations will be taken into account in the selection
of the applications:
* Level of safety for the user, patient and the environment;
* How effectively the technology addresses the health concern in
* How well the technology is adapted to local infrastructures in
* Ease of use and maintenance;
* Total cost of ownership, cost-effectiveness and affordability; and
* Cultural and social acceptability of the technology.
Each applicant will be notified in writing (by e-mail) whether or not it
has been selected in June 2010. A list of the selected innovative
technologies will then be posted on the WHO web site.
Governments, donors and other stakeholders will be informed about which
technologies have been selected with a view to fostering the
development, availability of and access to innovative technologies,
particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
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Poster [pdf 88kb]
Application form [doc 400kb]
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