Brian Gita developed a device that detects the signs of Malaria, by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger, winning the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize.

He developed the device after bloodtests failed to detect his own malaria. He named the device “Matibabu”.

With Malaria being the leading cause of death in Uganda, Shafik Sekitto, a member of the creators of “Matibabu” told BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

[Gitta] brought up the idea: ‘Why can’t we find a new way of using the skills we have found in computer science, of diagnosing a disease without having to prick somebody?”

Gita was also awarded 33,000 dollars in prize money from the Royal Academy of Engineering, and said

“The recognition will help us open up partnership opportunities – which is what we need most at the moment,”

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Updated: June 20, 2019 — 6:10 pm

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