This is basically an idea for an import business specialized in affordable and low cost medical devices (ranging from simple thermometers to potentially more sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment). The idea is to import such medical devices and/or buy patents in order to manufacture them locally when possible.
- There are an estimated 1.5 million different medical devices, in over more than 10 000 types of generic device groups available worldwide.
- Medical devices are indispensable for effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of illness and disease.
- The majority of the world's population is denied adequate access to safe and appropriate medical devices within their health systems.
- Almost 2/3 of all low-income countries do not have a national health technology policy which could ensure the effective use of resources through proper planning, assessment, acquisition and management of medical devices. Colombia is one of them (cf. WHO fact sheet PDF file attached).
An actor that could help local governments assess needs in terms of planning, assessment, acquisition and management of medical devices at a regional and/or national level.
The idea for this company is to import low cost medical devices and/or buy patents in order to manufacture them locally when possible.
The best channel would be to partner with governmental agencies in order to reach out a maximum number of hospitals.
The World Health Organizations also released a list of new affordable medical technologies, both commercialized and under development, 'considered as priority medical devices' (Cf. the PDF attached for the full list).