Ugandan inventor creates 'bloodless' malaria test

Ugandan inventor, Brian Gitta, has won the Africa Prize for Engineering after creating a bloodless malaria test.

24-year-old Gitta is the youngest winner to date.

He developed matibabu, which means treatment in Swahili. The device involves shining a red beam on a patient’s finger, identifies malaria symptoms and sends the results straight to the patient’s mobile phone.

The patient receives a diagnosis in 60 seconds.

CapeTalk's Africa Melane spoke to co-founder of Matibabu, Moris Atwine, to find out more about the new malaria test invention.

He says operating the device does not require a medical specialist, meaning anyone can do it.

Atwine says the prototype is at 80% to completion and will be doing chemical trials in July.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Ugandan inventor creates 'bloodless' malaria test


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