oa South African Medical Journal - A new horizon for the medical device sector in South Africa : correspondence

Volume 104, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Access to high-quality, safe and appropriate priority medical devices is becoming the bedrock of delivery of effective and efficient healthcare across the world. The use of medical devices impacts on the continuum of care under the universal health coverage strategy. However, the decision-making process relating to commissioning, maintenance and decommissioning of medical devices, often taken without evidence, results in poor service delivery, particularly in developing countries. The World Health Organization baseline country survey provides a global reference on health technologies, and particularly on the availability of specific medical devices, policies, guidelines, standards and services. It is necessary to develop country-specific case studies to elaborate on these reports and to share road maps from the progress made in different countries.

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