Currently, biomedical engineering plays a very small role, if any, in shaping policy on global health issues. A growing body of evidence indicates that developing countries lack the technical expertise to strategise the development of context-specific solutions and local devices. Engineering technology has the capacity to influence current standards of drug screening and diagnostics in the developing world context. In order to develop concrete, sustainable solutions to overcome healthcare challenges in the developing world, it is essential to capitalise on local talent and develop innovative engineering technical expertise.
With the help of current research activities and initiatives, LEED advocates for a larger emphasis to be placed on building local technical capacity and harnessing that potential to solve local health issues. LEED bridges the gap between the global public health community and medical and engineering professionals through active combination of communications and advocacy.