Our simple-to-use handheld laboratory will make gold-standard diagnostic testing accessible for communities worldwide.
Malaria eradication efforts are impeded by a lack of suitable diagnostics
Incredible gains have been made in the fight against malaria, with mortality rates decreasing by 60% since 2000. However despite a 37% decrease in cases in the same period, there were still an estimated 198 million cases globally in 2013.
Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. There are five species, with P. Falciparum being the most deadly. The symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache and vomiting. Without treatment, the infection can be deadly, particularly to young children.
Africa has the highest malaria burden of any region around the world. The lack of healthcare infrastructure in many communities hinders healthworkers’ ability to effectively diagnose and treat the infection, with empiric diagnosis common. Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), which are simple to use and can be run without laboratory infrastructure, have been crucial to the progress made in the fight against malaria so far. However due to their inherent lack of sensitivity, and therefore their inability to detect low-level asymptomatic infections, RDTs alone cannot move a country from high burden to malaria eradication.
Harnessing our high sensitivity testing capabilities to strengthen the malaria eradication effort
This important test will exploit the wide-ranging benefits of our technology in order to eradicate malaria.
Our twenty minute test turnaround time will enable patients’ to immediately receive the most appropriate drug; not only is this crucial for the survival of young children, but it will have a beneficial economic impact on the entire family as a result of reduced travel to and from the clinic and reduced time away from work for caregivers.
Our high sensitivity testing will identify the asymptomatic cases of malaria, missed by RDTs, which serve as a hidden reservoir of pathogens that can undermine eradication initiatives.
The simplicity of the testing process ensures it can be run with minimal training, making it a potentially powerful tool in community healthworkers’ kit.