Peru chosen as testing destination for rapid assessment of malaria (RAM) device
Disease Diagnostic Group has developed a new reusable and portable device for the diagnosis of malaria fitted with two magnets and a laser pointer. The device diagnoses malaria by detecting the presence of iron in blood using magnets. The manufacturing cost of the device is USD 250. It doesn’t require any special training or expertise, which makes it easier to use in developing nations with insufficient resources. The US Navy is testing the prototype device in Peru. If the device is proven clinically beneficial then the product will be available in market at a price of USD 2,000 per piece. The researcher, who has developed the device, is seeking to develop other cost-effective device, which can diagnose multiple diseases.