Technology and Global Health
Technology has the capacity to transform the public health landscape. As scientists continue to innovate, and tech becomes smaller, smarter and more affordable, we are facing an exciting future where the sort of tech you might have seen in sci-fi movies, is now becoming a reality and is likely to revolutionise our approach to the diagnosis and control of diseases. In this talk, we will hear from two of the School’s entrepreneurs who are translating their research findings into novel tech.
Dr Priya Morjaria is exploring School-based health care interventions as an effective way to identify and provide treatment to children. For decades school eye health programmes have been implemented globally, however, how they have been delivered and monitored is not standardised. We are developing and validating an innovative app-based tool – the School Eye Health Rapid Assessment (SEHRA). The has the potential to be used in all regions by service providers, and programme planners/funders to inform the implementation of a school eye health programme and further monitor and evaluate its impact.
Prof Amaya Bustinduy, is exploring novel ways to diagnose female genital schistosomiasis, a disabling neglected parasitic tropical disease, in community settings. Her group just started a large longitudinal study in Zambia delivering genital self-swabs at home for the joint detection of FGS, human papillomavirus, HIV and STIs, using vaginal 3D models as part of the 'mini portable labs'.