Malaria kills nearly half a million people every year. Additionally, researchers estimate that 50% of the world’s population is at risk of contracting the disease. Malaria is most commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical countries in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Americas, particularly in developing and under-resourced areas that carry a disproportionate share of the global health burden. Despite being a highly researched issue, malaria is one of the hardest diseases to identify accurately on a microscope slide.
Motic joined with Global Good, the Bill Gates-funded philanthropic arm of the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, to build and train an AI scanner to detect and count malaria parasites in a blood smear. The EasyScanGo combines our whole slide imaging scanner with a custom image recognition software to provide expert-level diagnosis in under 20 minutes.
Not only does the EasyScanGo relieve the workload burden on lab technicians and expert microscopists, it is also a powerful tool for researchers who track and develop solutions for drug-resistant strains of malaria.
The tiny malaria-carrying mosquito has been called the deadliest animal in the world. But in the EasyScanGo — small, fast, and deployable anywhere — it has finally met its match.
For more about the global malaria crisis and the EasyScanGo, please visit the EasyScanGo page.