On the basis of their own research, they jointly developed a method for the Siemens Healthineers Advia 2120i hematology system. Until now, diagnosis had involved relatively time-consuming, complicated, and expensive procedure. But with this method, the Advia 2120i hematology system can run malaria tests automatically as part of a full blood panel. The great advantage is the high throughput at lower cost than with other methods, such as microscopic examination.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost half the world’s population was at risk of malaria in 2015. The tropical disease claimed 429,000 human lives that year – two-thirds of them children under the age of five. Diagnosis is complicated by the disease’s non-specific symptoms: high fever, chills, headache and a general feeling of weakness. The disease is especially rampant in sub-Saharan Africa: 90 percent of malaria cases and 92 percent of malaria fatalities occur in this region.