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Malaria causes more than 400,000 deaths every year, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. World Health Organisation says that the disease is preventable and curable.

The best way to combat the mosquito-borne parasite is through rapid and accurate diagnosis, treatment and containment. But in Uganda, where malaria is one of the leading causes of death, a good diagnosis is hard to come by. Blood tests are time-consuming, and require trained lab technicians that are not always available in the small medical clinics frequented by most of the population. After being misdiagnosed for the third time, software engineer Brian Gitta decided to do something about it.

“It was such a waste of time, going to the clinic, waiting in line. I knew there had to be a better way.” So, for the past six years, the 27-year-old has worked with a team of doctors, scientists and fellow software engineers—all of them who have had their own brushes with the miserable disease—to develop a simple, low cost and quick method to test for malaria, without having to use a blood sample, a microscope or a trained technician.

A simple shoebox-size portable device called a matiscope (Swahili word for treatment) and a smartphone is all that’s needed for this test. Patients with malaria-like symptoms, including high fever, chills or headaches, can place their finger in the device cradle, which uses magnets and a beam of red light to detect changes in blood cells caused by the malaria parasite. The readings are analyzed by the smartphone, diagnosed, and, if positive, can be uploaded to a national grid so that national health authorities can monitor for outbreaks. It’s reusable and provides results in 2 minutes.

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Dr. Md W●●●m A●●m
Dr. Md W●●●m A●●m General Medicine
Wonderful achievement.. But how to detect the proper species..
Oct 12, 2019Like2
Dr. B●●●●●a p●●●●●n
Dr. B●●●●●a p●●●●●n General Medicine
Great achievement. congratulations to the whole team.
Oct 12, 2019Like2
Dr. S●●●●●●●●●u K●●●●●i
Dr. S●●●●●●●●●u K●●●●●i Ayurvedic Medicine
A breakthrough perhaps that can pave the way for other investigations to become bloodless, but can be dangerous if misdiagnosed.
Oct 15, 2019Like