A complete new microscope conceived to be assembled from 3D printed parts
IDEIA.M colaborated with the Fraunhofer AICOS’ Information and Communications Technologies for Development Competence Center (ICT4DCC), in cooperation with the infectious diseases department of the Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge, to create a mobile-based solution that can provide an effective pre-diagnosis of Malaria to be used in medically underserved areas.
Malaria is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, where young children and pregnant women are the most affected groups. In 2012, there were an estimated 207 million cases of Malaria, which caused approximately 627.000 Malaria deaths. Around 80% of Malaria cases occur in Africa, where the lack of access to Malaria diagnosis is largely due to a shortage of expertise and the shortage of equipment. This lack of expertise for Malaria diagnosis frequently results on the increase of false positives, since prescription of medication is based only on symptoms. Thus, there is an urgent need of new tools that can facilitate the rapid and easy diagnosis of Malaria, especially in areas with limited access to quality healthcare services.