Be Part of History: Eliminate Cholera in Bangladesh

COVID-19’s consequential economic effects can be felt everywhere in the world. Supplies are limited, people are getting sick, and cholera is rising in the most impoverished countries. This is leaving thousands of vulnerable communities devastated, like those in Bangladesh. Cholera is a water-borne pathogen that is transmittable through the ingestion of contaminated water or food. Due to Bangladesh’s inadequate sanitation systems, there has been a rapid rise in cholera cases- seen through victims exhibiting symptoms like dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, and even death.

Each year, 150,000 lives are lost as a result of this dangerous disease. Yet, this problem can be alleviated with access to new rapid detection technology from OmniVis. OmniVis was started by a team of engineering PhDs that have created a groundbreaking platform that can detect, process, and store cholera outbreak data anywhere in the world using a smartphone. The platform comes in a bundle with a hardware component, disposable test kits, and an app that lets users map out outbreak data.

OmniVis is launching a crowdfunding campaign through the Islamic Development Bank to gather the community to help combat the rise of cholera in Bangladesh. With your funds, the team will conduct over 200 field tests around Dhaka to detect and reduce cholera from the region. OmniVis is part of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control, a partnership with multiple international organizations including the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who have created a global roadmap to eliminate 90% of cholera by 2030.

While cholera is treatable upon detection by oral rehydration therapy, many people die from the disease due to the challenges that come along with detection. To detect cholera from a source of water, a sample must be collected, sent to a laboratory with special equipment, and tested by trained staff- an elaborate and expensive process that can take up to a week. Consequently, over 3 billion dollars are lost every year due to complications with the detection of cholera.

In Bangladesh, the team will be working closely with our partner organization, the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICDDR,B). While our mission is to help detect and eliminate cholera from these affected regions, our long-term goal is to prepare our product for global launch later this year. That way, millions of people around the world can have access to our technology and allow OmniVis to become an integral player in erasing this malicious disease from the world. Be a part of history- help us eliminate this disease for the next generation.

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