The quality of any medical intervention is greatly affected by the availability of the tools of the trade - equipment and medicines. For both, the determinants of true access are quality, cost and relevance. For Tarek Loubani a conflict zone has forced the issue. He decided to apply his medical skills to develop high-quality, low-cost, open-source, universally accessible medical hardware to end the asymmetry of care. He started with a $3 stethoscope that meets the same standards as a $300 one. Through Glia, he is now expanding the pool of designs and testing them in the filed.
We support Tarek because the need is stark and immediate, he has a very specific ability to address it and openness makes a substantial difference to his cause. Rooted in utility and practicality, his approach extends beyond specific devices, to enabling independent development post-conflict and post-scarcity. This is not a challenge that will be solved in a year. However, we believe that in this time Tarek can and will make a substantial contribution to improved medical care today, and to how we think about ownership of medical equipment and devices for the future.