Capacity Building

Developing countries have widely varying levels of scientific and technological capacity. Some countries, particularly large ones such as India, China, and Brazil, have strong research and development capabilities in the public sector and, to a lesser extent in the private sector.

However, if countries are to be genuinely in a position to meet the health needs of their populations, even if relying largely on products developed elsewhere, they need to have, at a minimum, a range of expertise across medical disciplines to use such products effectively in their own health systems. Beyond that, many countries wish to develop a capacity for innovation which will be responsive to their own disease and risk burdens.