Young Scientists Recognized For Development Of Mobile App, Hardware To Detect Malaria

Inter Press Service profiles “[Brian] Gitta, Joshua Businge, Simon Lubambo and Josiah Kavuma, known as team Code 8, [who] were announced the winners of the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Award at Microsoft’s global student software competition, Imagine Cup, … [and] recognized for their development of an application that they call Matibabu, Swahili for medical center.” The app is downloaded onto a smartphone and with a small piece of attachable hardware that utilizes light-emitting technology rather than a blood sample, users can quickly detect malaria in a patient’s blood, IPS notes, adding, “Matibabu then sends the results to the Microsoft file hosting service, Skydrive, and these can be shared with the patient’s doctor almost immediately.” According to the news service, “The students hope their device will be on the market within two years and say the application will be free to download. The hardware may cost between $20 and $35” (Fallon, 8/13).