deadliest disease in the world, despite the fact that it is curable and
preventable, World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015 estimated that 438,000
people died from malaria mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.
mechanical engineering at MIT made a mechanical device called RAM (Rapid
Assessment of Malaria) that can diagnose malaria from a drop of blood in five
can accurately detect the presence of malaria using Magneto-Optical Detection
as early as a week before symptoms even present themselves. Like a
pregnancy test, the RAM analyzes the sample and returns either a positive or
mainly of a circuit board, a laser, some magnets and an SD card reader.
accurate 93% to 97% of the time, and the company will launch a new field
trial this summer in Nigeria that hopes will test as many as 5,000