Western collaborates with global team for TB diagnosis, treatment in Madagascar

May 27, 2019

Researchers from Western University are working with a global team to test drone technology for tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment in remote parts of Madagascar. “Travelling to the nearest hospital from a remote part of Madagascar can take days, and, if an individual is sick and those accompanying them have no family near the hospital, this trip can incur significant expense,” said Elysée Nouvet, a medical anthropologist from Western’s School of Health Studies. According to a release, the team is developing methods to pick up patient samples from more than 50 villages for delivery to medical facilities. Medications for patients who test positive are then flown back to the respective villages. Western (ON)