Abstract

Community health worker (CHW) programs have emerged as an effective way to address the growing double burden of acute and chronic diseases in developing countries. Affordable and ruggedized biomedical devices can enable CHWs to provide diagnostic and screening services to their communities. However, low profit margins make such devices and markets unattractive to large diagnostics companies. Diagnostic test strips, created with inkjet printers by depositing biochemical reagents on paper, are both practical and cost-effective. Such test strips can rapidly detect pathogens and other abnormalities through readily-interpretable visual results, making them well-suited for use by CHWs in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-214
Number of pages10
JournalProcedia Engineering
Volume107
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventHumanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact, HumTech 2015 - Boston, United States
Duration: May 12 2015May 14 2015

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Pathogens
Developing countries
Profitability
Screening
Health
Costs
Industry

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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