Research Domain: Health

The CFIA health domain is a research hub working and teaching on improved understanding of how frugal innovations can improve access to health care for marginalized communities. 

We aim to contribute to bridge the gap between hard-to-reach populations and health care services. We believe that frugal innovations can help bridge this gap. We do this by focusing on multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and education regarding health applications and tools.

We focus on innovations that meet the 5A framework (available, accessible, adequate, acceptable and affordable) along the three main realms of health; prevention, diagnostic and treatment. Therewith we aim to develop, evaluate and implement frugal (digital) health technologies together with our partners using a bottom-up approach.

Our partners are multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary.  This means that on the one hand we are working together with researchers based at several recognized research institutions such as the LUMC, NeLL, ASC and the TU Delft faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. On the other hand we engage and reach out to other actor networks and investigate whether we can cooperate with e.g. ministries of foreign affairs and industry partners on health related types of issues.