First outing for xRapid automated malaria diagnosis in West Africa

Last February (from 15th until 20th) Charles Van Overmeire, xRapid’s Head of sales, visited Benin and Nigeria. His first stop was at Cotonou, the largest city and economic center of Benin where he met for the first time Mr Antoine Awounou, owner of BICI des 3A, xRapid’s distributor in Benin since 2016. Apart from this meeting, this trip was an opportunity to gather key actors in the malaria field and introduce them to the iPhone app. A conference was held by Charles Van Overmeire with the help of Terence Lawson, xRapid Business Manager in Benin, in front of researchers from CNHU Hospital (National University Hospital Center) and Benin’s University as well as laboratory representatives, Professor Gazard ex-health minister and the Benin press. The demonstration of the automated diagnostic test for malaria was a great success with all the participants. Responsive to the e-health technology, the ex-health minister welcomed xRapid’s head of sales to CNHU where they visited the facilities and discussed possible future projects.

This trip was followed by a second stop in Nigeria where Charles Van Overmeire met major players in the fight to eradicate malaria in Nigeria. One is for instance, currently a sub-recipient to the Global Fund Malaria New Funding Model for core Programme implementation and Social Mobilization activities in the High Burden (HB) Northern States of Nigeria.

xRapid would like to thank all the wonderful people our Head of sales met in Benin and Nigeria. We look forward to our next visit !


For any enquiries regarding Nigeria: please contact Charles Van Overmeire at

For any enquiries regarding Benin: please contact Terence Lawson at or Mister Awounou at