Nanomal Smartphone-Like Malaria Detection Device To Be Field Tested One Year Earlier Than Scheduled

Staff Writer | St. George's University of London | April 25, 2013

Nanomal smartphone-like malaria detection device to be field tested one year earlier than scheduled

25 April 2013

A pioneering mobile device using cutting-edge nanotechnology to rapidly detect malaria infection and drug resistance will be ready for field testing this year, one year ahead of schedule.

The €5.2million (£4million) Nanomal project was launched last year to provide an affordable hand-held diagnostic device to detect malaria infection and parasites’ drug resistance in 15 minutes. It will allow healthcare workers in remote rural areas to deliver effective drug treatments to counter resistance more quickly, potentially saving lives.

The news that the project is a year ahead of schedule comes on World Malaria Day today (25 April), as the World Health Organization warns of the alarming growth of resistance to drug treatments.