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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Friday, September 15 • 8:00am - 10:00am
[VIRTUAL] Global Impact of Frugal Innovation on Healthcare Systems (150801)

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Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a set of long-term health situations that are not transmitted from person to person. NCDs are a foremost international health concern, responsible for over 74% of fatalities worldwide. They are a growing cause of mortality and disability in underdeveloped countries. NCDs are often chronic conditions that require ongoing medical treatment and management, and they can have a remarkable effect on the living standard of individuals and their capacity to engage in socioeconomic activities.

NCDs include a wide range of conditions, such as “cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke), cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and mental health disorders”. The increased mortality rate and economic burden due to NCDs provide a link that technology is pivotal in the advancement of disease diagnostics and therapeutics.

However, the advancement is not only limited to the high technological tools and the new state-of-the-art procedures. In limited environments, frugal innovations serve as an inexpensive strategy to healthcare systems, that ensures the SDG-3 “Well-being for all”.

Frugal innovation is not only restricted to low-resource settings but these ingenious recommendations can also be reconciled to offer disruptive substitutes to disease diagnosis and management around the globe.

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Sohail Aslam

Co-Founder & CTO, Payactiv, Inc
With an entrepreneurial mindset, I've led in technology and product management across diverse industries.My expertise covers startups, strategy, fintech, infosec, healthcare, preventive healthcare, and more.Co-founded Stookle and Payactiv after refining skills at Microsoft, Philips... Read More →
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Ayesha Ishtiaq

PhD Scholar, Signal Transduction Lab, Department of Biochemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan
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Prof. Dr. Iram Murtaza

Department of Biochemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan
Chairperson Department of BiochemistryQuaid-i-Azam University Islamabad PakistanMPhil., Ph.D and Post Doc in Biochemistry/ Molecular BiologyResearch focus:Environmental toxicants impact on health at molecular levelBiochemical Signaling and Therapeutic Intervention StudiesBench to... Read More →

Dr. Asif Iqbal

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Dr. Hussain Mustatab Wahedi

Associate Professor, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
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Dr. Tanveer Tabish

University of Oxford, United Kingdom
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Dr. Benish Fida

Assistant Professor, National University of Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
MS, Ph.D and Post Doc in Computer Science Artificial Intelligence / Medical Health ApplicationsShe is working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, National University of Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.Her research interests focus onDevelopment and evaluation... Read More →

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Ayesha Ishtiaq

PhD Scholar, Signal Transduction Lab, Department of Biochemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan

Friday September 15, 2023 8:00am - 10:00am EDT