- Ugandan inventor Brian Gitta was awarded the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for his bloodless malaria test
- The device, called Matibatu, identifies the red blood cells of a patient and can find malaria this way
- Gitta walks away with R444 222 in cash as well as support and funding for new projects
History was made when 24-year-old Brian Gitta won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation this year.
He is the youngest winner to ever walk away with the prize, as well as the first Ugandan. He will receive R444 222 in cash and funding for any new ideas. Gitta will also be given any mentor-ship and support he needs.
Gitta invented a device - Matibatu - that can detect malaria without the need for blood. The device simply shines a red beam on the patient's finger to identify red blood cells inside the veins.
The device will then analyse the information after which it will send the results to the person's phone. It's as simple as that.
Matibatu is Swahili for the word 'treatment' and can be used by anyone.
Gitta was motivated to invent the Matibabu after he realised how limited blood tests for malaria are.
Many people go undiagnosed even after multiple blood tests. Gitta himself suffered from malaria even after tests showed he didn't have the disease.
The Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is awarded to young innovative African inventors who use their skills to improve the lives of those in their communities.
One of the Africa Prize for Engineering judges Rebecca Enonchong stated that the Matibabu is a 'game-changing' invention.
She added that it shows just how engineering can help development. The device will improve healthcare.
Way to make Africa proud, Brian!
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