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September 9, 2010

WHO Warns of Major Medical Device Gaps in the Developing World

Developing countries have limited access to medical devices despite the quantity and variety available worldwide, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) study. The findings indicate that major gaps exist in the availability of medical devices between low-income countries and high

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Developing countries have limited access to medical devices despite the quantity and variety available worldwide, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) study.

The findings indicate that major gaps exist in the availability of medical devices between low-income countries and high-income countries.

In some high-income countries, there is one computer tomography scanner per 64,900 people, but some low-income countries only have access to one per 3.5 million people.

Around ten developing countries do not have a single radiotherapy unit, meaning that 100 million people do not have access to cancer treatment.

The medical devices sales worldwide generated about $210bn in 2008, 80% of which was earned in the Americas and Europe.

The study was released during a forum of Asian health experts in Bangkok, where the WHO discussed how developing countries could get better access to such equipment.

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