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An Incubator or Cataract Surgery for $25? Heart Bypass Surgery for $2,000? See How it Works at 'Extremely Affordable Health Innovations' at The World Health Care Congress, April 14-16, Washington, DC
Date:3/11/2009

WASHINGTON, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- What is the "Extremely Affordable Health Innovations" poster session?

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.

-- $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 has enabled Aravind to dramatically reduce cost. Aravind hosts four to five percent of India's ophthalmic procedures, 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 you
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