Project Lead(s): Kevin O'Neill
There is a large need for high-quality malaria diagnostics in Africa, where an estimated 90 percent of the world’s malaria deaths occur, including the loss of a child every minute.
In partnership with Mobile Malaria Labs (MOMALA), Amref Health Africa will work to address this challenge by increasing the capacity of laboratories and improving the accuracy of malaria diagnosis. The project will subsequently improve appropriate treatment and reduce over-consumption of anti-malarial medicines. The project will introduce a novel, affordable, easy-to-use and reliable method of diagnosing malaria based on microscopy – which remains the accepted standard – through a specially designed mobile app to diagnose malaria. The app makes use of a proprietary algorithm which is able to diagnose malaria from a microscopic image of a blood film with accuracy, comparable to expert microscopy. By applying this algorithm, the process of microscopy will be performed more rapidly and more reliably.
Amref Health Africa will field test the app in the counties of Homa Bay and Kwale in Kenya. The local Ministries of Health and other stakeholders in these areas are already involved and ready to scale-up after the field test.