New resource: WHO compendium of innovative health technologies for low-resource settings

31 August, 2021

Dear All,

I just wanted to let you know about this new resource:

WHO compendium of innovative health technologies for low-resource settings

Health technologies are essential for a functioning health system. The response to the global COVID-19 pandemic crisis has exacerbated the need for rapid evidence based assessments of innovative health technologies to ensure safe and appropriate use. Thus, the objectives of the 2021 compendium are to:

- Select innovative technologies that can have an immediate or future impact on the COVID-19 preparedness and response, have the potential to improve health outcomes and quality of life, and/or offer a solution to an unmet medical/health technology need by evaluating their appropriateness, quality, and safety.

- Shed light on advantages and challenges associated with the adoption of innovative health technologies in low-resource settings.

- Acknowledge some success stories and, at the same time, raise awareness of the pressing need for appropriate and affordable solutions and encourage more innovative efforts in the field.

- Encourage greater interaction among Ministries of Health, procurement offices, donors, technology developers, manufacturers, clinicians, academics and the general public to ensure greater investment in appropriate health technology and a move toward universal access to essential health technologies.

- Support informed procurement decisions by NGOs, governments, and other stakeholders.

With best wishes, from,


Dr Caroline De Brún, DipLIS (She/Her/Mrs)

Knowledge & Evidence Specialist – Knowledge & Evidence Specialist – South West

Knowledge & Library Services

Public Health England


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HIFA profile: Caroline De Brun is an Information Specialist at Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, UK. Professional interests: health information literacy, information skills, knowledge management, outreach librarianship, patient information. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Libraries and Information Services.

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