Student’s Corner

Frugal Innovations for Global Health

Global health opens up a plethora of opportunities, yet it encompasses in itself myriad of challenges. Biomedical engineering students should embrace these challenges and make the most out of them through innovative projects aimed at solving real world problems. An interesting observation when one sees the whole domain of biomedical innovations is that, many innovations have been stemming out of emerging economies, rather than only from the richly-funded laboratories of the developed nations. As it has been said, “necessity is the mother of invention,” so the lack of crucial infrastructure and technologies often gives rise to local inventions that solve local problems, and healthcare has been no exception. Many grassroots innovations are often termed “frugal innovations,” developed by below-the-radar innovators representing low cost solutions using home grown or self-created technologies, often born out of dire need.