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S1564 - Appropriate healthcare technology for developing countries

1 day Seminar | Completed
Wednesday 7 September 2011

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1 Birdcage Walk
SW1H 9JJ United Kingdom


According to WHO, nearly 75% of medical devices designed in industrialised countries fail to work in the developing world. This seminar aims to promote effective engineering solutions for the healthcare problems of developing countries. Developers and users will learn from each other by sharing needs, ideas and experiences. There are some shining examples of good engineering ideas which have brought great benefits to healthcare provision in developing communities. But there are too many others that have failed because the provider and the users had differing expectations.  Typical issues have been:
• how the equipment can be paid for in a poorly resourced country
• what problems it is trying to solve
• what the operating environment will really be like

You’ll meet and hear from academic and industry experts, outlining the realities of healthcare in a developing country environment and selected entrepreneurs

will present medical devices they have pioneered for developing country markets. There’ll also be a chance to build contacts at an evening reception and exhibition.

Attending this event will help you:

Hear expert exposition of the issues of appropriate healthcare technology enabling technology to fit the user’s environment

Technical Advantages

• Understand what makes a successful appropriate technology medical device and/or service
• Gain an insight into the real needs of medical device and healthcare service users in developing countries
• Network with equipment developers, potential users, technology commissioners and technology suppliers
• Recognise and develop new applications and modifications to existing products and techniques
• Understand realistic operational requirements, ensuring equipment is fit for purpose in a developing country environment

Who should attend

• Funding managers from charities, UK Government (DfiD) and international agencies
• Device manufacturers
• Design engineers and business development managers from medical device companies
• Engineering entrepreneurs interested in appropriate technology
• Embassy staff from developing countries
• University staff, especially undergraduate project supervisors

Platinum Sponsor

furlong research foundation


Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)


Engineers without BordersInstitute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

If you have a product or service to promote you can enhance brand awareness through our range of exciting sponsorship / exhibition opportunities.

For details of how we can tailor a package to suit your needs, contact Aman Duggal on:

telephone: +44 (0)20 7973 1309
or complete the online form


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