The World Health Organization estimates that a quarter of death and disease globally is caused by hazards and environmental burdens in developing countries with little to no access to preventative care and diagnostic devices.
Since developing countries are poor agricultural regions that are still becoming economically and socially advanced, it is harder for doctors to carry around an entire lab for diagnostics.
Several researchers have taken up the challenge of developing point-of-care diagnostic devices that are portable and affordable for the most part and don’t use external power sources. From paper centrifuges that cost only 25 cents apiece to a device that works using a smartphone camera, here are seven diagnostic devices that could revolutionize point-of-care in developing countries.
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