Medical breakthroughs are going low-tech and back to basics. Since September, the New York Times has been running an ongoing segment, “Small Fixes,” featuring low-cost health solutions that also have a big impact.
The simple solutions range from the use of vinegar to assist in removing pre-cancerous cervical lesions, to folding a sari cloth four times to create a filter that reduces the amount of cholera in water by 99 percent.
The innovations featured in the NYT are remarkable in their simplicity, affordability, and cleverness. (The NYT did, however, include LifeStraw in its featured solutions, which has for the past year come under fire for its controversial incorporation of carbon credits to offset its pricy production costs.)
Because the simplest of solutions can prove to be the most effective (a la Occam’s razor), we at Changemakers have become fascinated with the new wave of low-cost health gadgets, which could dramatically reverse health care’s trend towards the more complex and expensive. Here are five more emerging health innovations--elegantly simple and affordable--to look for on the horizon.