Mosquitoes Suck! Malarial Hotspots and the Opportunity for LAMP (UC Berkeley)

Team Members: Laila Soudi, Carmen Conroy, Justin Abraham, Priyanka Athavale, Oscar Vazquez, Neve Keshav, Shannon Younessi, Anshal Gupta

School: UC Berkeley

The eradication of malaria is hampered by the ability of current diagnostic tools to detect very low-density infections in asymptomatic patients. In response to this, the aim is to employ loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), an innovative and novel technique to test for asymptomatic malaria. This low-cost technique is faster and more accurate compared to currently employed diagnostic tests. In Kenya, the aim is to (1) conduct a hotspot identification campaign using LAMP techniques to detect the malaria parasite, and (2) build capacity to ensure sustainability and local participation in the hotspot identification campaign. Results of this hotspot identification campaign will become an essential tool in future anti-malaria interventions.