Ugandan Startup Matibabu Can Quickly Diagnose Malaria With Light

By: Alyson Wyers - Jan 29, 2017
References: matibabu.thinkitlimited & springwise
This tool to diagnose malaria uses light sensors and non-invasive methods. Developed by Ugandan startup Matibabu, the mobile app performs a 60 second test that sends results directly to the user's doctor. This system also allows all the patient's malaria-related health information to be in one convenient place.

Access to health care is a barrier to developing communities affected by poverty, making local solutions all the more important. The app will not just diagnose malaria, but also send the phone's GPS coordinates, making infection locations easier to pin point. It also offers educational information on preventing the disease and emits a sound-based mosquito repellent. Given that early detection is the key to containment, this light test could save thousands of sub-Saharan lives, especially those of children.