Magneto-Optic Technology Hits The Field: A pilot program to implement a new malaria diagnostic device in Southern Benin (UC Berkeley)

Team members: Natasha Keith Vidangos

School: UC Berkeley

BI Filler Photo-01Malaria is a disease endemic to regions of South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia that continues to do serious humanitarian and economic damage to developing countries. A new diagnostic tool (the MOT device) has recently been invented that would improve access to accurate malaria diagnosis at low costs. To collect information on the best way to bring these devices to the communities that need it, we propose a fact-finding pilot program to provide MOTmalaria diagnosis and treatment centers to 25,000 people in Southern Benin. (Note: This project originally won in the Big Ideas “Science, Technology, and Engineering Policy” category.)