12 Ways Africans Are Transforming Healthcare Through Technology

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Written by Peter Pedroncelli
Four young Ugandans are making an impact against malaria. Photo: matibabu.blog.com

Smartphones used as diagnostic tool

In an effort to combat malaria, Code8, a team of four young Ugandans, created Matibabu, a smartphone app that helps to diagnose malaria without the need of a blood sample. Using a custom-made matiscope with a red LED and a light sensor, it can analyze the red blood cells, with the results viewed via a smartphone to give users with their malaria status in the shortest amount of time.