The 3rd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices is right now taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose with the conference is to show commitment towards improved access to safe, effective and innovative quality medical devices as a contribution to universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. There are 700 participants from government, academia, civil society/ NGO, industry and the UN.
We had a talk with Anders Lygdman, Senior Advisor for International Aid who is on site representing Region Västra Götaland and Sahlgrenska I.C.
What are your first impressions?
– I feel that this is a good opportunity to raise awareness about the work that is being done on international aid and medical device donations in a forum where many of the important actors are present. Also very excited about the fact that our European Working Group for Medical Devices in Developing Countries is exhibiting together here at the conference for the first time.
There is a wide range of plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops to choose from. What is your favorite so far?
– For me, the sessions on defining methods of increasing access to priority medical devices under Universal Health Coverage in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals have been particularly interesting since it has a connection to our work with medical device donations. The demonstrations of development and use of innovative and affordable technologies has also given me some food for thought.