Necessity Breeds Innovation
Whilst connecting dots is the internal part of the puzzle — there’s an external part as well.
Take the example of some innovative Ugandan surgeons. They use sterilised mosquito nets instead of built-for-purpose surgical mesh in hernia repairs.
The price of a mosquito net? $0.0043
The price of surgical mesh? $108
Why don’t we use mosquito net mesh? Deeper pockets? British exceptionalism?
Other examples exist — shampoo bottles made into Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines
, Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) and Sayeba’s Method
are all examples of reverse innovation.
Reverse innovation refers to a product or service that is developed in a resource-poor setting and then exported to more industrialised nations
As the current situation brings with it—a survival pressure akin to that faced in developing nations—what other innovation will we see?