Low-Cost Detector Sets Sights on Malaria Eradication

The WHO estimates that up to 1 million people die annually from malaria. While existing diagnostic tests are accurate, they are not as skilled in identifying carriers who don’t show symptoms, but are still able to transmit the disease to other people. That’s why three Dutch developers have created Amplino, a device that aims to eradicate malaria by identifying hard-to-detect cases.

Continue reading

Get Patched Up with a Clinic in a Can

Shipping containers provide more uses than holding supplies. The practice of “cargotecture” has taken off in recent years, and refurbishes old shipping containers by turning them into sustainable housing options. An organization that formed in 2002, called Clinic in a Can, is transforming shipping containers and utilizing them in a new way: to provide medical attention to those living in remote and rural areas, far away from hospitals or clinics.

Continue reading

Better Access to Vaccines with the New Microneedle Patch

Each year, millions of people in the developing world are killed by vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines are administered through injection, meaning a trained professional is required. Vaccines also require a sterile environment and constant refrigeration to remain viable. These requirements are difficult and costly to meet in developing countries. However, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a microneedle patch that can quickly and easily administer vaccines that save lives.

Continue reading

Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria

Can there be a world without malaria? It will require an expansion of current strategies and innovative solutions, such as the Rapid Assessment of Malaria device, which uses refrigerator strength magnets and a laser point to diagnose malaria, and Malaria Consortium’s use of mobile technology and village health groups to support community health care.

Continue reading

A Portable, Solar-Powered, 15-Minute Ebola Test

  This article is part three of our ongoing series covering innovations in the fight against Ebola. For more in this series, click here.   Fifteen minutes. The time it takes you to go through your emails. The ideal length of a power nap. The time required for an Ebola diagnosis? A 15 minute point-of-care diagnostic test is being trialled at the …

Continue reading

World AIDS Day: Shipping Containers as Medical Access Points

North Star Alliance is converting shipping containers into “Blue Box” clinics to help fill the current gap in medical access in Africa. Their Roadside Wellness Centres are focused on mobile workers and community members with limited access to medical services, specifically truck drivers, sex workers and people in communities located along transport corridors.

Continue reading

A Fifty Cent Paper Microscope Set to Revolutionize the Fight Against Malaria

One of the largest hurdles in the fight against malaria is reliable detection. There are many strains of the disease, so reaching for a cure-all pill without a proper diagnosis can do more harm than good. Often medication is given for the wrong type of malaria, or to patients who have a different ailment altogether. Standard testing can be expensive …

Continue reading

Another Feel-Good App Wastes an Opportunity

  The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), works to improve the lives of children living in poverty by providing health care, clean water and sanitation, and emergency relief. New this year to UNICEF is the Tap Project, an initiative that seeks to provide children world-wide with safe drinking water through an app that purports to save lives if the …

Continue reading

A Project that Fights Disease and Improves Livelihoods

Project Crevette is taking a unique approach to combat the high prevalence of schistosomiasis along the Senegal River. Schistosomiasis is a water parasite that burrows into human skin and causes infections in several organs and eventual organ failure. The parasites require snails to serve as intermediary hosts as they mature. This is where Project Crevette is directing their intervention. They are creating prawn hatcheries in select …

Continue reading