The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has taken an initiative for developing low-cost diagnostics for measurement of glucose.
The ICMR has supported 14 projects in different parts of the country in the biomedical engineering colleges/universities, engineering and medical institutions. These projects are said to have been thoroughly evaluated and monitored.
The projects were using alternative technologies, and were shortlisted and provided with financial and technical support.
Two such alternative technologies are being launched — one is being developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and the second by the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, in Hyderabad Campus.
Both have utilised innovative technologies, which have resulted in substantial reduction in the cost of both glucometers and the blood-testing strips.
It is hoped that these will go a long way in helping the programme as well as communities for early detection and monitoring of diabetes in the country.