July 19, 2019

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DIV Update: Pocket Colposcope


Nearly 300,000 women die of cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries, about 85 percent of worldwide deaths from this disease. Early detection and treatment can prevent up to 80 percent of these cancers when it is affordable and accessible.

Innovation Description

The Pocket Colposcope is a handheld microscope and imaging device for the cervix developed by biomedical researchers at Duke University and 3rd Stone Design. Traditional colposcopes are stationary devices that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. The Pocket Colposcope costs just $500 and enables more women to access care that will improve their chances at life. With funding from DIV, Duke University is conducting a randomized controlled trial of 20,000 women in Peru to test a new screening, diagnosis, and treatment protocol using the Pocket Colposcope to improve the accessibility and affordability of cervical cancer care.

 
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[Originally posted by Global Innovation Exchange — July 12, 2019]