Healthcare and under development countries


How can healthcare innovations and technologies help under development countries? Which are the low cost innovations that can impact under development nations healthcare programs?

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Hitesh Mathpal
5 months ago

8 answers


One billion people lives in developing countries and over 2B with less than $2 per day. Lack of skills in healthcare leads to shortage on this, even for basic cases. The Millennium Development Goals was created by United Nations to start from the basics. Strenghten national capacity and infrastructures, facilitate access to treatments, make tratments and medicines available to people, set additional fundings and check that these are well delivered, keep searching in research and development to innovate critical treatments (e.g. HIV) and expand its spread. Technology can help starting with access to doctor and diagnosys even if this could be the first barrier as sometimes communication is not easy too.

Paolo Beffagnotti
5 months ago
Well said! HIV is one of the biggest issue in most developing countries - Chun 5 months ago
Agreed. Well said. - Hitesh 5 months ago
True enough! I believe that if more research effort is put in preventing the spread of HIV, this could significantly improve alot of issue (include financial burden) in the developing countries! - Lawrence 5 months ago
NOPE: Still malaria, dehydration and dysentery! - Dr. David E. 5 months ago
yes David, these ones as well - Paolo 5 months ago

Infectious diseases if one of the major issue that most public health department is facing in developing countries. Thus, low cost screening method such as cheap microscope (for example the fold able 1 dollar microscope) does helps to save a lot of lives (to screen for malaria in blood sample and cholera in stool sample)!

Chun Wei
5 months ago
Cheap and counterfeit are still affecting the system - Paolo 5 months ago
Good points. - Hitesh 5 months ago
CHINA a big offender? - Dr. David E. 5 months ago
One of the big offendor but not the only one. Based on the area of interest there are other ones. - Paolo 5 months ago
It is true! Many countires are indeed facing tough challanges to curb infestious disease issue. Not only malaria and cholera but also denggue fever and also Leptospirosis which are common in lots of developing countries! - Lawrence 5 months ago

Accessibility Of The Digital Future Of Health Innovations Will Drive Development. As We Connect Cheap Wearables To Our Phones, along With The IoT Devices Themselves... Info Sharing and The Incentives That Reward Patients For Sharing Their Health Related Data/Information Will Be The Catalyst...IMO ;)

Seth W.F. Pichette
5 months ago
Yawn! - Dr. David E. 5 months ago

I think low-cost innovation is the first need of underdevelopment countries. However, low quality of life and pollution are a major factor in health issues. Innovation towards things like senetation, hygiene, water purification, and cleanings can save a lot of lives. 

Hitesh Mathpal
5 months ago
Indeed these could help and not only in underdevelopment countries, let's think about China (I understand it is an etherogenous country) - Paolo 5 months ago
True enough!. Cover the basic and you will cover nearly 75% of the issues! - Lawrence 5 months ago
YEP; the basics. - Dr. David E. 5 months ago

Accessibility to health care is another issue in most developing countries. Even though there is a lack in expertise and medication but the accessibility to health care services is even lower. Imagine if someone need to travel more than 24hr just to reach the nearest clinic to receive basic health care,this will sure to act as a hindrance for one to seek healthcare services!

Lawrence Loy
5 months ago
OK! - Dr. David E. 5 months ago
Geographic limitation is not just a challenging issue for developing countries but also in developed countries. However, the differences is that in developed countries there are technological support to curb such issue such as the usage of telemedicine and the medical team outreach programs! - Chun 5 months ago
In developed countries the main limitation could be the ability of people to use tech support. - Paolo 5 months ago

Digital Health in the USA

We spent billions on digital health and other health innovations. So why aren’t we any healthier?

Any thoughts?

Dr. David E. M
5 months ago
I guess because we did not spread it around and we limited it to developed countries. Plus further aspects out of the digital control are affecting our health. - Paolo 5 months ago
Good read. Thanks David. - Hitesh 5 months ago
First consider your source CNBC does not have all the facts. The technology companies see the healthcare industry as market they want to tap into the revenue. They are just adding to the cost of care and not looking to reduce the cost of care. - Ben 5 months ago
Agreed as what Ben commented! - Chun 5 months ago
More likely, than not. Thanks. - Dr. David E. 5 months ago

Gastroenterisits is a common issue in most developing countries that causes millions of life, poor quality of life and financial loss. Accessible to clean water is not as easy as other developed countries. Some time even accessible to water itself is an issue. Pathogen that could cause gastroenteritis are usually water born especially Cholera. This issue could be solve by providing cheap and user friendly filters to those area in need and oral dehydration salt to those area!

Lawrence Loy
5 months ago
OK. - Dr. David E. 5 months ago
It is true that Gastroenteritis is a lingering concern in most developing countries! - Chun 5 months ago
It is a tummy ache! - Dr. David E. 5 months ago


Not even close domestically.
Cause of death rankings: 

1- Swine flu
2- Drugs
3- Hand-guns

Dr. David E. M
5 months ago
What about cancer, hearth disease and HIV? - Paolo 5 months ago

Have some input?