The low-tech inventions saving lives in the developing world

How do you test for malaria when you don’t have access to specialised diagnostics equipment? How do you care for premature babies when your hospital can’t afford the necessary equipment? How do you monitor patients during surgical procedures if you’re expecting power surges? Sadly, questions like these come up all too frequently in developing countries, where healthcare workers face a daily struggle to care for their patients.

It’s easy for us in developed countries to expect the latest technology in our hospitals. However, for millions of people around the world this is not the case. With limited budgets and limited resources, doctors and nurses working in these areas must learn to use cheap tools and materials to solve their problems. These may not look pretty, but in some cases, they’re the only solution.

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