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The Multi-Faceted Challenges of Health Technology in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

23rd October 2019

Technology has emerged as an important tool to improve health outcomes by promoting better access to healthcare and essential medicine. However, many people lack access to health technology due to various challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The lack of technology can contribute to the deterioration of public health and increase the burden on already constrained health systems. This paper seeks to provide an overview of the mentioned challenges from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
It shows that a combination of factors hinders health technology absorption and utilisation in LMICs, namely, poor resources, cultural influences, political motivations, inadequate existing healthcare structure, supply-side bottleneck, information gaps, among others. Addressing these hinderances through the suggested recommendations will lead to the improvement of health outcomes and the well-being of the population through health technology.