A Nigeria-made malaria test that can diagnose the disease within 25 minutes using just drops of patients’ urine sample has won the inaugural 2015 Health Innovation Challenge Awards. The award was instituted by the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN) through the Nigeria Health Innovation Marketplace (NHIM).
Urine Malaria Test (UMT), which is endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and approved by the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and developed by Fyodor Biotechnologies, was the first among the five winning innovations from the 2015 Health Innovation Challenge. The overall performance of the UMT is equivalent to that of the Binax NOW blood test, the only malaria rapid test approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The award given to Fyodor UMT comes with a grant of $100,000 and enrollment in the accelerated program of the NHIM. The presentation was made in Lagos, at the 2015 Nigeria Health Innovation and Impact Investment Summit which was tagged “2015 Disrupting Healthcare, Saving Lives.”
The activation of the PHN was formally endorsed by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Mr. Bill Gates, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, Mr. Jim Ovia, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Mrs. Sola David Borha and other corporate leaders in Nigeria to mobilize the broader business and corporate community as well as the private health sector towards a multi-sectoral coalition to improving health outcomes.
The 1st runner up award went to Medical Devices as a Service (MDaaS) with a cash grant of $50,000 in addition to participate in the accelerated NHIM program, a company that makes medical devices available, accessible and affordable to underserved health facilities across Nigeria by providing hospitals with a range of device acquisition options and offer world-class service support with each device.
The 2nd runner up award went to e-Heal (Electronic Health Education in Any Language) with a grant of $30,000 and participation in the accelerated NHIM program.
CPAfrica had earlier reported the UMT introduction to the Nigerian market. To view the news, click here.