Bill Gates in Mapping the End of Malaria has a graphic showing mosquitoes kill 10x more than the next most fatal animal, more even than deaths due to humans killing other humans.
We have to go from controlling malaria to eradication. We need a malaria diagnostic device that:
- is ubiquitous in field clinics due to low cost and high availability
- is sufficiently accurate to get trusted, actionable results
- is a point-of-care device with test cost $1
To be sure, other efforts such as deploying genetically-altered mosquitoes et al are also vitally important, but to eradicate such persistent diseases requires strong, widespread action on multiple fronts.
Thus our open-source cytometer is designed and being built to meet the need of eradicating malaria.