Extremely affordable health innovations at World Health Care Congress, April 14-16, Washington
Monday, April 13, 2009
Released:3/13/2009

The "Extremely affordable Health Innovations" Poster Session, organized and sponsored by the 6th Annual World Health Care Congress with support from Grameen Health, will serve as a platform for innovative organizations involved in developing or implementing extremely affordable solutions in health care delivery. These organizations will showcase the technologies and business processes they have developed, or are in the process of developing, to the Congress. Six organizations will be chosen to deliver an oral presentation to the full congress.

Examples of what you'll see:

-$25 incubator
Embrace is a nonprofit organization that aims to help the millions of vulnerable babies born every year in developing countries through a low cost infant incubator. Unlike traditional incubators that cost up to $20,000, the Embrace infant warmer costs $25. The device requires no electricity, has no moving parts, is portable and is safe and intuitive to use. It is designed to help 20 million vulnerable babies born across the globe each year.

-An incutabor made from car parts
The "Car Part" incubator functions as a neo-natal incubator, warming table, and blanket warmer. Automotive parts, available throughout the world, are capable of being repurposed to produce heat, light air, convection, a power reservoir, and auditory and visual alarms. The CIMIT Global Health Initiative and Design that Matters aim to price the incubator at $1,000 or 3 percent of the cost of the current top-of-the-line incubator in America.

-$25 cataract surgery
Using innovative managerial procedures such as allowing surgeons to continuously alternate between two operating tables and moving all non-surgical responsibilities to support staff, Aravind Eye Hospital in India averages nearly 50,000 surgeries per year. The high volume of quality care had enabled Aravind to dramatically reduce cost. Aravind hosts four to five percent of India's ophthalmic proc edures, although the facilities represent less than one percent of the country's ophthalmic manpower.

-$2,000 heart bypass surgery
Narayana Hrudayalaya Cardiac Hospitals in Bangalore, India can do high quality heart bypass operations for $2,000 for adults and $2,700 for young children, or about one-third to one-half of what equally good quality hospitals in India charge. Similar operations in the US cost $100,000 or more, but the outcomes and the infection rates are equally good or better with Narayana Hrudayalaya.

-Affordable, sustainable mobile health delivery
ClickHealth addresses two main health care issues in developing countries: 1. Access to medical specialists in under-served regions; 2. Collection of real-time data for interventions in indications such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality. ClickHealth partners with ClickDiagnostics for turning mobile health solutions into rapidly scalable service models. The mobile-based telemedicine service is built around microcredit for health-workers and micro-health insurance for patients.

-Social Marketing and Franchising
Janani provides affordable spacing and limiting family planning methods through its three inter-linked networks of clinics, rural centers and pharmacies in the private sector at an average cost of $2.94 per couple. The network consists of 40 owned clinics and 104 franchisees branded as Surya Clinics, and 7,500 rural centers networked as Surya Health Promoters.

-Expanding markets for fortified rice
Ultra Rice offers a culturally relevant and customizable solution to micronutrient malnutrition. With a focus on sustainability and scalability, the Ultra Rice business model promotes local control and ownership. Low-cost adaptation of existing equipment creates incentives for participation along the supply chain and minimizing the incremental cost of fortification.

Innovations will cover a broad range of healthcare delivery domains including diagnostic technologies, health promotion, medical devices, and community outreach. Information for those interested in submitting an abstract is available at the following link: Posters in Innovation

Additional Exceptional Entries And Citizen's Nominations are Welcome: While the official deadline is passed, we will continue to welcome additional exceptional entries and citizen's nominations.

The project, organized by the World Health Care Congress, as part of its mission of highlighting innovation in health care, with the support of Grameen Health, a Bangladesh-based organization that aims to extend quality health care to the world's poorest citizens. Grameen Health was founded by Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, a micro-lending organization that serves poor populations. Professor Yunus will be speaking at the World Health Care Congress and will be visiting the poster presentations.

Additional presenters include Dr. Devi Shetty, world renowned cardiologist and founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya, which is already the world's largest children's heart hospital, with plans to make the facility the world's largest medical city. Also speaking will be Scott Hillstrom, CEO of the HealthStore Foundation that operates the affordable health franchise called CFWShops in Kenya, and David Green, VP Ashoka on Radical Innovations for affordable, Quality Care.

Contact: Patrick Golden
patrick.golden@worldcongress.com
781-939-2511
World Health Care Congress