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Appropriate healthcare technologies for developing countries: low-cost, frugal technology medical devices

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In the developed world, it takes years for a manufacturer to demonstrate that a new medical device or drug is safe and effective. This delays new treatments and increases the costs by many times the original investment. In the Global South, priorities are different: if lives can be saved by a quick and cheap innovation, even if results are not perfect, the device should be made available.

This seminar explores the opportunities for ‘frugal technology’ in healthcare: innovative medical devices that solve most of a problem for a fraction of the normal cost. This is an opportunity for developers of frugal medical devices to explain and exhibit their innovations. These might be completed products already on the market, or ideas still under development.

Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise and Director of the Centre for India & Global Business (CIGB), University of Cambridge
Mr Babulal Sethia, President Elect, Royal Society of Medicine
Dr Michael Jennings, Chair, Centre of African Studies, SOAS

The seminar will be followed by a networking reception where delegates can continue the discussions from the day.

Attending this event will help you:

• Hear leading experts and practical developers showcase the benefits of frugal technology
• Encourage developers to think innovatively for healthcare solutions in cost-limited environments: how can traditionally high-tech expensive solutions be radically simplified?
• View state-of-the-art frugal technology including neonatal incubators in Nigeria, hand hygiene and mobile biometric technology
• Network with multi-disciplinary experts

Engineers without Borders Health Technologies & Medicines KTN Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

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September 18, 2013


Institution of Mechanical Engineers
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