On may 11th, Jean Viry-Babel, xRapid’s CEO, performed a live demo of the automated diagnostic app at Health 2.0. Hear from him on how to effectively bring and implement digital health solutions into emerging markets during the “Health 2.0 Applications in Emerging markets” panel.
For several months xRapid, the automated diagnostic app has been collaborating with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), a major charity in the fields of education, healthcare and poverty alleviation. This NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) works in 25 developing countries and with 542 local partners. The VSO Malawi branch was referred to us by our Apple partner through their Worldwide Education Strategic Initiatives Group.
The Rainy season results in an increase in malaria cases. According to the World Health Organisation, 3 million out of the 16 million inhabitants contracted malaria in 2013. During malaria season, the need for a reliable, accurate and fast diagnostic tool is key.
On the 3rd of June, we started testing with VSO Malawi at CHAM (Christian Health Association of Malawi) Hospital, Lilongwe. Thanks to xRapid-Malaria they will be able to double their testing capacity and save even more lives.
We are delighted to work with such a dedicated NGO and especially with Dario Gentili, Country Director, Temwa Kasakula, Senior Program Manager, Symon Nayupe, lab technician, and all the team. Their devotion to fighting malaria is a great source of hope!
You can watch the training video here:
Could you briefly present yourself?
I am Hugues Dupire, I am 22 years old. I grew up in Lille, in the North of France. I studied at the Institut Catholique des Arts et Métiers in Lille and joined University College of London in order to carry out my Masters thesis about cancer treatment.
Why did you choose to work for xRapid?
After my first successful medical experience, I wanted to continue in this field. In the meantime, I was looking for a dynamic and innovative start-up. xRapid filled all my criteria! I am working with a dedicated and hardworking team to develop an iPhone App that can diagnose deadly diseases. This is a great challenge to achieve!
What is your mission?
I am a junior business consultant. My mission is to prospect and develop business internationally.
What do you like about working here?
I like putting my shoulder to the wheel and tackling deadly diseases. I am talking with so many people around the world to implement the xRapid solution: engineers, researchers, biologists, microscope experts, managing directors, volunteers, etc. With the sales team, we are building a large community, all working together to fight against malaria and tuberculosis.