Digital Innovations and Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases in Africa
The DI-DIDA project’s overall objective is to tackle poverty-related infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa by i) strengthening the African research capacities, ii) enhancing technology development in diagnostics and digital technologies in Africa, and iii) encouraging adoption of innovations by sub-Saharan health authorities, clinicians, businesses, and patients.
Infectious diseases continue to be the major causes of mortality and morbidity in Africa. The impact of known existing, emerging and re-emerging diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, cholera, meningitis, hepatitis, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, sleeping sickness, Ebola, SARS and others are causing suffering and mortality to a wide proportion of populations in Low-and-Middle-Income-Countries (LMICs) in general, and in Africa in particular, with over 227 million years of health life lost and produce an annual productivity loss of over $800 billion. Importantly, many infectious diseases are co-endemic and occur at high prevalence alongside other infectious diseases within populations. Often individuals will suffer worse outcomes as a consequence of co-infections with more than one infectious disease. Co-infection with two or more infectious diseases leads to co-morbidities that have serious consequences both for patient treatment and for care pathways. Further, co-infections between humans and their livestock, especially in rural communities has a significant impact, whilst the prevalence of such zoonotic infections, including febrile illnesses caused by brucellosis, leptospirosis, and Q-fever, not clearly understood (and often diagnosed incorrectly, symptomatically). The DI-DIDA project thus proposes to address the issues of diagnostic sensing and mobile-health (m-Health) in an integrated manner using the mobile phone to power the DNA-based isothermal diagnostic, to collect and communicate the result, providing decision support if required, to add contextual data around time and location and to interface with existing healthcare databases.
AIGHD Research Lead
Tobias Rinke de Wit
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
AFRICAN POPULATION & HEALTH RESEARCH CENTRE
STRATHMORE UNIVERSITY 6 KENYA MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
STICHTING AMSTERDAM INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
INSTITUT PASTEUR DE DAKAR
THE GOOD SAMARITAN FOUNDATION (KILIMANJARO CHRISTIAN MEDICAL CENTRE GSF KCMC)
MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS
Ministry of Health, Uganda
Sujan Katuwal (email@example.com)
EDCTP and UKRI
Uk, France, Kenya, the Netherlands, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda