Philips developing test kits for TB, malaria

Scientists, software professionals and medical professionals at the Philips Innovation Campus are working on health care solutions for developing countries. Philips Electronics India Ltd is developing microscope-based portable diagnostic kits for rural health care workers that can be used to test for tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in an attempt to address a significant gap in the country’s health care programme. According to the annual global tuberculosis control report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), India has the worst record in detecting tuberculosis. And it detects a fair number of cases of the disease every year: India accounts for one-fifth (or 1.9 million) of the new tuberculosis cases reported around the world every year, the report said. According to Philips, India also detects two million cases of malaria every year. “Since most of the undetected cases could be due to inaccessibility to timely diagnosis, Philips has chosen to work in this area, leveraging our expertise in optic instrumentation,” says Srinivas Gutta, senior director, Philips Research, India. There are rapid diagnostic testing devices for malaria available in the market, but Gutta claims the Philips product will be able to test for both tuberculosis and malaria, and can analyse any body fluid

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