Press Release

Upcoming UIC Conference Proposes Inexpensive Solutions to Global Health Problems             

The Frugal Innovations in Global Health Care Conference will present new innovations to improve public health worldwide

CHICAGO, March 12, 2021 — We in the Western world can joke about our “first-world problems,” such as inadequate mobile-phone coverage or Netflix’s poor streaming selection, but UIC’s Frugal Innovations in Global Health Care Conference next week invites us to think beyond our petty problems and consider cutting-edge, inexpensive technologies to assist the healthcare needs of developing nations. The conference will take place online via Zoom on March 19, 2021, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

“The World Bank and World Health Organization estimate that half the world lacks access to essential services and that hundreds of millions are pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses,” the conference organizers state. Experts will address these crises by presenting effective low-cost treatments for breast cancer, malaria and water-borne illnesses among various other diseases.

The Frugal Innovations in Global Health Care Conference, which is free of charge, is hosted by the UIC School of Public Health’s Global Health Program. “Given the rapidity with which people, ideas, capital and trade circumnavigate the globe, our understanding of ‘public health’ must be expanded to fully encompass ‘global health,’” states the department.

The conference will be co-hosted by India Development Service, a nonprofit aiding social and economic development in India, along with Rush University College of Health Sciences and Loyola University Chicago’s Global and International Studies Program.

About UIC and the Global Health Program:

The University of Illinois at Chicago is Chicago’s largest university and only public research institution. UIC’s Global Health Program is focused on developing ways to improve public health worldwide and to address natural and man-made disasters, such as climate change, pandemics and the spread of tainted food-products.


Supriya Mehta,

SOURCE: UIC School of Public Health

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Frugal Innovations in Global Health Care Conference

UIC published a slightly edited version of this press release which can be read here.