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  • on 30.10.2014
  • at 03:00 PM
  • by Kevin Hind

New project to curb inaccurate diagnoses of diseases 0

Kampala – Researchers’ quest to use a smartphone-based innovation to aid diagnoses of diseases in Africa has received a funding boost.

Inaccurate diagnosis of malaria leads to patients failing to receive needed treatment and overuse of drugs, contributing to drug-resistant strains and possibly the failure to treat diseases with similar early symptoms such as meningitis or typhoid, according to Fred Kiwanuka, the principal investigator of the project and an assistant lecturer at Makerere University’s College of Computing and Information.

The 18-month project was funding by the Grand Challenges Canada last month (22 September) together with 21 others, with each receiving 112,000 Canadian dollars (about US$100,000).

John Quinn, a senior lecturer in Makerere University’s College of Computing and Information Sciences, who is involved in the project, explains that in a phone imaging setup, a smartphone is attached to a microscope to capture and transmit blood smear images printed in 3D for extra magnification to obtain a sufficient level of detail on malaria parasites for the laboratory technician.

Kiwanuka explains that the project is based on a technique that could generate diagnostic tests for tuberculosis, worm infestations, or diseases caused by parasites in blood, including malaria, adding that a malaria diagnosis using the device could cost US$10 or less.

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