InnoHealth Diagnostics

InnoHealth Diagnostics
Florida State University

Schistosomiasis infects 260 million people and results in over 200,000 deaths a year worldwide. In Nigeria, 101 million people are at risk of infection while 30 million people are currently suffering from this disease. The experience today is that a child can be infected simply through contact with infested water, such as playing in a river. If the infection is not diagnosed and treated early it can go on to cause stomach ulcers, bladder cancer, and death. InnoHealth Diagnostics aims to provide a different experience. When a child is exposed to the parasitic worm, we will use culturally competent practices and DNA amplification to detect the infection as early as possible. This allows the child to receive therapy at a lower dose and cost. The InnoHealth approach will increase the communities’ quality of life and work-life years.

Nkechi Emetuche
Angela Udongwo