How a Doctor Is Curing Cancer With Items Found at Walmart
The New York Times Magazine
offers up a healthy dose of inspiration
this weekend with the story of David Walmer, a renegade doctor who's been saving lives in Haiti. When he realized a few years ago how cervical
Aptly labelled by The Times as " The MacGyver Cure for Cancer ," Walmer's invention is now known as the CerviScope. It's a cheap, portable version of a colposcope that enables doctors to examine a woman's cervix for signs of cancer. However, until Walmer came along, these devices were too expensive and required electricity, both deal breakers for a medical device to be viable in the developing world.
What's a good solution when things are too expensive? Walmart, of course-or at least a sense on Walmart-enabled ingenuity. Walmer says that his first
Walmer's nonprofit, Family Health Ministries, is still perfecting the CerviScopes design and are getting close to bringing the price below $750, at which point they think it'll be viable in countries like Haiti. It's unlikely the parts for the production run will come from Walmart, even the prototypes are helping save lives. MacGyver had to start somewhere, right? [ NYTM ]
Images via Family Health Ministries