Our Last Line of Defense is Failing
200 million Cases per Year
400 Thousand deaths per year
Of those deaths are children
50% of the world’s population lives in areas at risk of malaria transmission. Check the map for more detailed statistics on species-specific infection.
Resistance And Current Treatment
As of today, the most potent anti-malarial drug is Artemisinin. But the world is heading toward a crisis as more cases of Artemisinin resistance pop up globally. Our last line of defense is ACT (Artemisinin Combination Therapies) and it’s failing fast, potentially making malaria untreatable in the years to come.
A lack of infrastructure in remote areas was a major hindrance in eliminating malaria around the world. The accurate diagnosis of malaria requires trained healthcare workers as well as sophisticated microscopes, both of which are often absent in remote areas. We aim to create a portable diagnostics kit that will effectively increase testing capabilities. Only a picture of their blood smear is needed to test for the presence of malaria parasites using a Web API, making malaria diagnosis easy, efficient and accessible.
Malaria cannot be eradicated without the active participation of the communities affected by it. With this philosophy in mind, we conducted extensive public health awareness programmes to educate people on the prevention and treatment of malaria.