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Rapid Assessment of Malaria

The Rapid Assessment of Malaria (RAM) uses refrigerator magnets and a laser pointer to diagnose malaria. Currently people often have to travel long distances for unreliable screenings – using RAM will prevent this. It quickly and efficiently detects the magnetic biomarker left behind when malaria parasites digest red blood cells. The device is reusable, lowering the cost of each test, and uses a plastic consumable requiring only one drop of blood from a fingertip. The most important part of the device is that it has a single-particle detection limit, meaning it can diagnose the disease early in its life cycle, even when someone is asymptomatic. The innovation is currently in use in field studies in India and the team hopes to deploy into several countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America in early 2015.

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2020

Unheeded Warnings Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change on Communicable Diseases

Jeremy Hess, Rachel Lowe, Muna Al Maslamani, Laura-Lee Boodram, Anna Stewart Ibarra, Judith Wasserheit

With the emergent threat of COVID-19, this report focuses on threatening diseases that are a by-product of climate change and what type of policy measures should be intact to deal with this head-on.