The Newton Microscope is now available
To empower the international fight against malaria, tuberculosis and
the helminthic diseases with the new compact Newton Microscope
To save the lives of the many in the rural tropics with affordable diagnostic microscopy
THE MILLENNIUM HEALTH MICROSCOPE FOUNDATION is greatly indebted to the Wellcome Trust for funding the development of the Newton microscope which is now in full production and widely available from www.newtonmicroscopes.com distributors in the UK Europe, USA and the Far East. The lightweight portable Newton performed very well in malaria field trials in Africa and is expected to revolutionise the diagnosis and mapping of TB, Malaria and the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in the rural tropics.
WHY MICROSCOPES ARE URGENTLY NEEDED IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
THIS YEARmillions will die in the developing world from preventable tropical diseases and an enormous number of these will be young children under the age of five who will succumb to malaria. Millions more will suffer the debilitating effects of the helminthic diseases resulting in entrenched poverty. While the greatest scourge ismalaria which is present in 140 countries, placing some 3.2 billion people at risk, 650 million people will also be at risk of contractingschistosomiasis and the otherhelminths.Millions, too, are at risk fromtuberculosis. Collectively these diseases wreak the greatest havoc in continental Africa yet these debilitating diseases are endemic throughout the tropical regions of the world.
The disease burden of infectious and parasitic diseases in the tropical regions is truly alarming and continues to exert a curse on socio-economic development, condemning tens of millions of people to a life of grinding poverty because of prolonged and unnecessary illnesses. Nearly all of these tropical diseases are preventable and may be routinely diagnosed by simple microscopic examinations of either blood, stool or urine specimens and there remains a pressing need for microscopic diagnosis of these diseases. Nevertheless the continual attrition of facilities within rural health clinics renders the lack of microscopes a major logistical bottleneck because of high cost. This is especially true amongst field-based roving health teams or first-point-of-call health centres in remote areas. Furthermore an ‘on the ground’ health assessment is urgently needed to reveal the true extent of tropical diseases to better guide preventative drug delivery.
WORLD HEALTH AUTHORITY REAFFIRMS MICROSCOPY AS THE GOLD STANDARDfor the diagnosis of tropical diseases. There is therefore a compelling case for the availability of a low cost microscope and the Newton Microscope has been conceived to address this need. A simple and pragmatic alternative to expensive laboratory instruments, this low-cost, highly portable microscope could be distributed widely in the developed world next year.
Malaria parasite plamodium falciparum
THE FOUNDATION SEEKS GIFT FUNDING to allow donation of the Millennium Health Microscope to the
MILLENNIUM HEALTH UK Charity no. 1119453
Microscope Foundation www.millennium-microscope.org