24-Year-Old Ugandan Inventor Wins Africa Prize for Engineering After Creating Bloodless Malaria Test

15 June 2018

Digital Content

He is the first Ugandan to win the prize, and the youngest winner to date.

The Royal Academy for Engineering's Africa Prize awards young African innovators, using their skills to find solutions to the challenges facing their communities, with a cash prize to support their work.

This year's award has gone to 24-year-old Ugandan inventor Brian Gitta, who created a device Matibabu which detects malaria without drawing blood. Instead, the device shines a red beam on a patient's finger which identifies malaria symptoms and sends the results of the patient's test straight to their cell phone. Read the full article on Okayafrica here.