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Potentially game-changing malaria testing kit secures Ugandan inventors cash prize

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Matibabu can be connected to a mobile phone to display malaria test results.
Matibabu can be connected to a mobile phone to display malaria test results. Photo: Matibabu

A Ugandan team of inventors has won 28,000-euro prize for a device that could revolutionise malaria testing. The Matibabu device tests for malaria without drawing blood using a beam of red light that determines changes in the shape, colour and concentration of red blood cells. The African region has the highest share of malaria cases worldwide and it is hoped Matibabu will be easier and faster than examining blood under a microscope. Spotlight on Africa spoke to Brian Gitta, one of Matibabu’s inventors, to find out about bringing the device to market and increasing the device’s accuracy up to 90 per cent…

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