DITTA advocates revision in U.N. development plan

The Global Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare IT and Radiation Therapy Trade Association (DITTA) wants the word "technologies" in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, Target 3B.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an expansion on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed by governments in 2000.

DITTA is concerned with the changes in Target 3B, SDG 3, where the reference to medical "technologies" was deleted.

DITTA is proposing the section be rewritten as:

"3.b support research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and noncommunicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines, technologies, and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the TRIPS agreement regarding flexibilities to protect public health and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all."

Nicole Denjoy, DITTA vice-chair, said that without medical technology, there would be no radiotherapy treatment for cancer, no infant warmers for babies suffering from hypothermia, no LED phototherapy for neonatal jaundice, and the detection and cure of tuberculosis and HIV would not be possible.

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