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International News In Brief

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WHO names needed technologies: The World Health Organization 1names 15 innovative technologies that could help meet global health needs by being "accessible, appropriate and affordable for use in low- and middle-income countries." WHO divided the list into commercialized/commercializable products and those that are still in a developmental or conceptual stage. The first group includes stool sample collection and prep kits, a system for the on-site production of wound irrigation solution, and a fluorescence visualization system for oral cancer screening. The second group includes a simplified anesthesia unit, a single-use assistive vaginal delivery system for use during childbirth, a portable on-site cell sorter and counter for HIV and malaria diagnosis, and a portable infant warmer. WHO will route inquiries to the device developers for follow-up

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