High blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels cause stroke in 80 percent people who are at risk. Currently, detection of stroke risk for these parameters requires repeated visits to health providers, and frequent clinical tests accompanied by the lack of compliance. The investigations also lead to loss of wages in most cases and out-of-pocket expenses. Eventually conventional monitoring results in lost to follow up and drop outs, which causes more stroke episodes.
Tech4Life Enterprises in partnership with the Aga Khan University (AKU), is involved in developing a simple, non-invasive, and low-cost glove using biomedical and mobile technologies that will empower people to check their blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol without blood tests, and record ECG. The project is part of Grand Challenges Canada grant, dedicated to support bold ideas with big impact in global health.
This innovation in expected to reduce complex and costly ways of preventing stroke into a simple and publically accessible means. It will also to bring therapeutic impact in a larger geographic areas; considering the context of developing countries.