SDG 3: Safe medical devices

 

SDG3

 

Access to quality healthcare is an essential human right. IEC work in standardization provides the technical foundation for all essential medical devices used in disease prevention, diagnostics and treatment. The members of IECEE verify and certify that medical devices are safe and work as expected.

 

3.1 Reduce global maternal mortality ratio

IEC work covers lighting and medical equipment used in maternity wards. A woman giving birth in an electrified health clinic is less likely to die in childbirth. Electricity also ensures that a baby’s first breath
is of fresh air, not candles or kerosene fumes.

3.2 End preventable deaths of children under 5 years of age, reduce neonatal mortality

A child born in an electrified health clinic is less likely to die because of prolonged labour, asphyxia
or pre-term birth complications. Pre-natal maternal care such as ultrasound can help identify risks for mother or child. Emergency medical services can help reduce mortality rates. The replacement of kerosene with solar lighting helps reduce respiratory diseases and burn accidents among young children.
Refrigeration of baby and infant food reduces mortality rates through diarrhoea.
All relevant technologies are covered by IEC work.

3.4 Reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment

Ambient and household air pollution and related cardiovascular and respiratory diseases are responsible for a high number of deaths in developing countries. They directly result from the use of polluting fuels
for lighting and cooking. IEC work facilitates access to clean off-grid electricity and solar lighting.

3.8 Achieve access to quality essential healthcare services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all

Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Vaccines are fragile. They must be kept cold and deteriorate rapidly after they are removed from storage. IEC work contributes to the safe manufacturing and proper cooling
of vaccines. IEC work also underpins the safety and reliability of essential medical devices used in diagnosis and treatment.

3.9 Reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals

The IEC publishes standards and guides that help reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in manufacturing, and improve waste management and end-of-life recycling.

 

 

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