New Tools for Early TB Detection: A Social and Technical Study of Urinary Screening Methods in Kathmandu, Nepal
Speaker: Sameen Yusuf, US Fulbright Researcher
Date: Friday, May 10
Time: 4 - 5:30 pm,
Location: USEF Office Gyaneshwor
Annually, TB kills 7,000 Nepalis. Sadly, roughly 40% of cases remain undiagnosed and untreated. Early diagnosis can reduce morbidity and mortality rates but is challenging when existing diagnostic technologies require contagious, difficult to produce samples. There is an urgent need for an analytically sensitive, TB-specific test that is low-cost, non-invasive, and usable at home, and that does not collect a contagious bodily fluid.
As part of a team of engineers at George Mason University’s Center of Applied Proteomics & Molecular Medicine in Fairfax, Virginia, my study has focused on understanding the social and technical barriers that prevent implementation of this patient-centered, rapid screening system in Kathmandu. During my talk, I will share the user acceptability results regarding our proposed system and recommendations for improving TB awareness in Nepal.