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Asian Harmonization Working Party: Working Towards Medical Device Harmonization in Asia

Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) is established as a non-profit organization. Its goals are to study and recommend ways to harmonize medical device regulations in the Asian and other regions and to work in coordination with the Global Harmonization Task Force, APEC and other related international organizations aiming at establishing harmonized requirements, procedures and standards. The Working Party is a group of experts from the medical device regulatory authorities and the medical device industry. Membership is open to those representatives from the Asian and other regions that support the above stated goals.

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Bookmarked by Kimberly Sollis on Oct. 23, 2013
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Pan African Harmonization Working Party on Medical Devices and Diagnostics

PAHWP is a voluntary body that aims to improve access to safe and affordable medical devices and diagnostics in Africa though harmonized regulation. Our first priority is in vitro diagnostic devices. A new generation of diagnostic tests are being developed for use at the point of care that could save lives and stop the spread of infectious diseases. It is important patients in Africa have access to these tests without delay.

PAHWP aims to study and recommend ways to ensure tests are safe and effective while minimizing costs and delays, allowing faster access to cheaper products. We shall undertake pilot projects in Africa using new point of care tests for CD4, viral load and early infant diagnosis of HIV as examples.

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Bookmarked by Kimberly Sollis on Oct. 23, 2013
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SciDev.Net

SciDev is a wonderful source of global health news and often features articles on new developments in vaccines, drugs, diagnostics and technology, and delivering that technology to where it is most needed. SciDev also features articles on Agriculture, Environment, Governance, Enterprise and Communications. All of the pieces are very practical and relate the latest advances in terms of their contribution to improving global health.

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Bookmarked by Kimberly Sollis on Oct. 21, 2013
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Tekla Labs

The lack of standard lab equipment is a serious limitation to scientific research in many parts of the world. Too often, labs that lack such equipment are in emerging regions where the potential for scientific impact is the greatest.

To combat this problem, University of California researchers have created Tekla Labs. Tekla Labs enables scientists to construct their own high quality lab equipment using readily available, off the shelf items. Though in its early stage, Tekla Labs has already generated excitement from laboratories in such diverse places as Egypt and Panama.

Tekla Labs is creating a library of open source DIY (do-it-yourself) documents that guide in the construction of quality lab equipment. While many real-world examples of such equipment already exist, detailed instruction on how to build lab equipment does not and quality assurance is lacking. These are the missing pieces that Tekla Labs is addressing.

Through partnerships with labs in both developed and developing countries, Tekla Labs is growing a worldwide community of like minded researchers, educators and students.

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Bookmarked by Kimberly Sollis on Oct. 21, 2013
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Consortium of Universities fo Global Health (CUGH) offers a bi - weekly feature

Consortium of Universities fo Global Health (CUGH) offers a bi - weekly feature: a case - series from rural Uganda called “Reasoning without Resources”.The target audience is clinicians practicing in low resource settings, medicine and family medicine residents, and senior medical students with an interest in clinical global health.

The series is assumes that medical textboo ks, written for those who can access and afford them, have limited relevance to making a diagnosis in most of the world’s hospitals. This case-series addresses that reality by developing clinical skills as the fundamental "diagnostic test" available to clinicians, and sound clinical reasoning as the clinician’s principle resource. Through its Question and Answer format, the series focuses as much on pedagogical process as on biomedical content. In taking on these broad basic challenges, it hopes to inform medical education and cost-effective medical practice in modern medical settings as well.

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Bookmarked by Liam Boggs on June 21, 2013
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