This initiative basically involves an improved method of diagnosing diseases associated with poverty using mobile phones. Diseases associated with poverty are infectious diseases that occur frequently in underdeveloped countries. This is due to poor hygiene and malnutrition. The diseases are often poorly diagnosed and partly as a result of this remain untreated or are not treated properly. The KIT Royal Tropical Institute has opted to develop a rapid diagnosis method for infectious diseases that are easy to treat. This form of diagnosis does not require a laboratory and can also easily be applied in remote regions.
The KIT is working closely with PharmAccess on this initiative. PharmAccess is experienced at improving healthcare and making it more accessible in Africa. A rural region of Kenya (Samburu) has been chosen. Here, 250 farmers and their families (a total of 1,000 people) are being diagnosed and treated where necessary. Participants are tested for Brucellosis, Leptospirosis and Typhoid Fever.