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Success Of Innovative Health Technologies Depends On Capacity, Training Of Workforce, Strength Of Health Systems

Devex: Lessons learned: Putting innovative health technology in the hands of the user
Aba Asibon, project manager with Rice University’s Institute for Global Health Technologies, also known as Rice 360˚

“…Simple but innovative medical technologies … have the potential to address some of the developing world’s biggest public health problems. However, these interventions do not work in isolation, and their success often depends heavily on the strengths of a health system and the commitment and competency of its workforce. As the world’s focus shifts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, investments into such innovative solutions should include on-going capacity building for users to ensure sustainability. Thinking about how to regularly engage users in ways that acknowledge the realities of existing human resources policies such as regular staff rotations is also critical in identifying gaps and challenges innovators to further improve on interventions” (10/1).

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