Photo: Honduras-Born Inventor Using Disassembled Toys to Provide Medical Tools
When medical supplies finally make their way to third world countries, they are sometimes broken or possess defects making them useless, but one man has found a way to turn toys into much needed medical tools.
Inventor Jose Gomez-Marquez has managed to turn his childhood interest of tinkering into a humanitarian mission to improve real world medical care in poorer countries.
Given a plunger and a few other pieces of things that were once probably toys or inexpensive gadgets, Gomez-Marquez made a cheap device to do the work of an expensive centrifuge that is so costly to fix that hospitals in poorer countries find it impractical to repair or replace.
Over the years, Gomez-Marquez has worked in his native Honduras, Nicaragua, and a number of other in-need countries when equipment needed just to diagnose people can be hard to come by, let alone treat.
In an interview with CNET Gomez-Marquez said, “Most of the devices that get donated to developing countries fail because they were not designed to be used in these environments. We need to make the Land Rover version of medical devices for these countries. Right now we are sending the Ferrari versions and they fail.”
Below, the MIT Innovations in International Health program director shows off some of his inventions he uses to help those in need.