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DRAFT PRESENTATION IS ATTACHED.
I'D LIKE TO SEE A VISUAL COMPARISON OF BLOOD MALARIA TEST VS URINE MALARIA TEST.
For blood testing:
- The patient must go to a lab or clinic for a laboratory blood test for malaria: time and expense to get to there, hours of wait, and several more hours to receive the result
For the Fyodor Urine Malaria Test (UMT):
- Patient with fever can test or be tested at home using the UMT - no trips, no waiting, less cost to test.
- If positive, they can easily buy the medicine over the counter - no prescription required.
The Problem Definition. Did you know that it is estimated that malaria may have killed half the people who ever lived on earth? Malaria remains one of the single most deadly and wrongly diagnosed global health diseases. Endemic in 95 countries, 214 M cases per year globally, and 438K deaths per year. Fever is an early sign of the disease, but many other causes of fever exist. Most malaria deaths occur within 48 hours of fever onset, so the difference in outcome depends on how early you can accurately diagnose the disease, to facilitate effective treatment. Until now, anyone in a malaria endemic area with a fever must go to a lab or clinic for a blood test to tell if the fever is due to malaria or not. For nearly 100 years, we’ve had just two options for diagnosing malaria, both relying on blood draw: microscopy (introduced in 1880) and blood rapid testing (introduced in 1976). For most people, this is not even an option because they live far away from the nearest health center, while the cost of the trip to the clinic, the day-long wait and cost of care discourage many others.
Let’s digress a little bit: Many years ago, a woman would go to a clinical laboratory to test if she was pregnant. Diabetes patients also had to regularly visit a lab to check their blood sugar. Today, no more, thanks to the empowering ability for home testing. Now for malaria, until the UMT showed up, anyone in a malaria endemic area with a fever must go to a lab or clinic for a blood test to tell if the fever is due to malaria or not. For most people, this is not even an option.
So, three decades later, when I saw that things were still almost the same with early malaria testing, motivated by the innovation that has democratized pregnancy testing and blood sugar testing for diabetic patients, and with the best team any startup can wish for, I set out to change the way malaria is diagnosed and treated globally, forever.
The Innovative Solution. What I have in my hand is the new paradigm pioneering breakthrough technology and a disruptive innovation for malaria testing called the Urine Malaria Test (UMT) that we developed de novo and commercialized. The UMT is the first and only non-blood test that tells if a fever is due to malaria, using a few drops of urine. It changes the cost equation and user experience in malaria testing globally, driving a move away from health facility-based care approach to a home-/individual user-based malaria testing, similar to what we saw with home pregnancy testing and blood sugar testing for diabetes patients. With the UMT, it is now possible for anyone, anywhere, to rapidly and conveniently test for malaria – no blood, no reagent and no equipment.