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Extremely affordable health innovations at World Health Care Congress, April 14-16, Washington
Date: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
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Contact: Patrick Golden
patrick.golden@worldcongress.com
781-939-2511
World Health Care Congress
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