New App Tests for HIV and Syphilis in 15 minutes

Biomedical engineers at Columbia University, led by Dr. Samuel K. Sia, have developed an innovative accessory that can be attached to smartphones for rapid HIV and syphilis testing. This device, called a dongle, can detect and diagnose these two sexually-transmitted diseases in only 15 minutes.

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Recycled Eyeglasses for Ethnic Minorities

Vietnam’s countryside is stunning and life is harsh. Ethnic minorities eke out a living as smallhold farmers, growing rice and corn. Handicrafts sold to tourists bring in important additional income. Sapa, with its terraced fields and colourfully attired Red Dao and Hmong peoples, is a Mecca for tourists. This is where the idea for Vision Vietnam blossomed.

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3D Printing Helps African Manufacturing

Imagine a doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo who can create a prosthetic leg using materials found in his backyard. Or perhaps an engineering student who starts a new craze in acoustic instruments from the comfort of her room in South Africa (Vuvuzelas, anyone?). Custom designs, waste management solutions, home décor, next-generation devices— could all be designed, printed and sold by Africans to Africans and markets beyond using 3D printers.

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Fighting Back Against FGM

Female genital mutilation (FGM) — also referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision — is widely consider to be a human rights violation against girls and women, and the rights of children, as it is often carried out on young girls, usually between the ages of their infancy and fifteen.

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Low-cost baby incubator improves outcomes

Every year, 20 million babies are born prematurely, and each hour 450 die from mostly avoidable causes. Most pre-term babies are born with low-birth weights that are unsuited to regulating body temperature and thus their ability to survive depends on medical intervention. India has the highest infant mortality rate for pre-term babies in the world. Many births occur at home, or in rural health centers that don’t have facilities to care for premature infants. Even state-run hospitals might not be able to afford the life-saving equipment, which can cost up to $20,000.

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A Rapid, Reliable Ebola Test

A fast, reliable and affordable Ebola diagnostic tool is critically needed to contain the spread of the virus and expedite patient treatment. A new research project based at the University of Westminster seeks to develop a viable solution with EbolaCheck, a portable device capable of diagnosing the virus from a small sample of bodily fluids within 40 minutes.

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Portable, Affordable, and Fast Disease Diagnoses

  Treating malaria, HIV, and other diseases in remote and economically depressed areas is a monumental challenge, but accessible testing methods must be in place before treatment can even begin. With half a million deaths per year from malaria alone, there is a desperate need to find an affordable, intuitive, and portable diagnosis solution. To address this, QuantuMDx is developing …

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