Ensure equitable access to essential health technologies:
The Tech Access Partnership (TAP) aims to supports developing countries to scale up local production of critical health technologies needed to combat COVID-19, including personal protective equipment, diagnostics and medical devices such as ventilators.
TAP will facilitate connections between experienced manufacturers and local manufacturers in developing countries to share key data, knowledge and other relevant support through a coordinated network. This support includes:
Digital warehouse of manufacturing and design specifications, technical knowledge and information required to increase capacity
Lifeline of technical support to help manufacturers troubleshoot issues they may encounter as they seek to ramp up production, including information on market dynamics and regulatory hurdles
Platform to match companies based on expertise, needs and capacity
Helping countries respond to the immediate crisis by accelerating access to lifesaving technologies
Equipping countries with the tools and skills they need to lessen the impact of future pandemics
Expanding the skills and capacity of local manufacturers to boost innovation in the long-term
This dire situation brings with it an unprecedented opportunity to build local manufacturing capability across the developing world, empowering countries to ensure their populations get the equipment they need.
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UN Technology Bank
TAP is guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN’s call for shared responsibility and solidarity with those most vulnerable.
It is centered in the UN Development System’s overall approach to counter the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes scaling up global capacity for testing and treatment, providing social protections for the most vulnerable and making countries resilient to future pandemics.