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Matibabu

Revolutionising how malaria is detected in underdeveloped areas

Project URL: matibabu.blog.com

  • Health

Every minute, a child in the developing world dies of malaria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Malaria is normally diagnosed through a blood sample test that's then sent to the laboratory. However, access to clinics to aid with early diagnosis and treatment can often be difficult in underdeveloped areas.
 
Matibabu has been created by malaria survivor Brian Gitta. It's an early-detection system that makes use of smartphone technology to detect the disease through light detection. 

The device, called a matiscope, is plugged into a smartphone. The user then puts their finger inside the device and it detects the disease from the light analysis of the skin. 

It could revolutionise the way malaria is detected and effectively decrease the number of malaria infections that lead to death.

Last updated: 26th of June, 2015

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