An HIV home-testing kit for people in developing countries


Outcome designer Hans Ramzan has created a simple kit that costs solely £4 to produce and allows patients to prick their own fingers to evaluation for the disease.

An HIV home-testing kit for people in developing countries© Hans Ramzan

A new device designed for people in developing territories to test themselves at home for HIV has been created by British designer Hans Ramzan.

The self-testing kit certain as Catch is designed so those who live long distances from their nearest doctor or sanitarium who may be reluctant to make the journey, can still check at home if they press the disease, according to Ramzan.

He believes the device has the potential to “save millions of ends” as he hopes it will help to catch HIV in its early stages when it is treatable, more than being left until AIDS develops.

There were 36.9 million people subsist with HIV and AIDS globally by the end of 2017, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) solves – a large proportion of these were living in developing countries. Mutual understanding to WHO, just under one million people died from HIV-related illnesses in 2017, with round two thirds of deaths in Africa.

Ramzan says: “The world we now live in again sweeps major issues such as AIDS under the carpet. It is at worst until it affects [developed] countries that we start to take exercise.”

“Immediate results”

He adds: “The main problem is that people are opposed to go to hospitals and see doctors due to numerous factors (such as lack of infrastructure and happiness). People don’t want to travel miles to be told ‘it’s too late’. With Take, it will give immediate results and the user can then travel to a doctor to be treated.”

The London-based interior decorator says his device has the potential to lower the death toll in developing powers as the “intuitive” design is specifically made so it can be used by anyone at home.

The Take in gadget is a small device which extracts blood from a mortal physically’s finger. It is made up of a composite of recycled polyethylene terephthalate water liquors, and regular PET (medical and food-safe plastic).

“It is injection-moulded and produced on mass at a very much inexpensive cost as this is imperative with products of this description,” Ramzan says.

The gadget only costs £4 to make, be consistent to the designer.

How it works

The device works in a series of simple steps. Foremost, the disinfectant-coated sleeve slides on to a person’s finger – the finger-stopper at the end ensures it is correctly in sort.
The user then pushes down on a pipette which is linked to a needle, dragoon it into the finger and piercing the skin.

The user then releases the pipette. “This intention then displace the air, allowing blood to be sucked up into the device. The hunt for springboard means that blood will be redirected to the bottom of the billet when it is collected,” Ramzan says.

The user then presses a latch on the side of the monogram, which releases the needle from the finger and lets blood glide onto an absorbent strip. This send the blood to an indicator flay which can detect antibodies.

The results are viewed in a similar way to a pregnancy proof – a single line indicates the test is working, while a second purposefulness detect if HIV is present in the blood, Ramzan says.

Late diagnosis

Ramzan declares he was inspired to create a device that encourages earlier diagnosis after proving his aunt die from a “life-threatening illness”.

“It was heart-breaking,” he says. “If she had caught her complaint earlier, perhaps her chances of survival would have been keen. That’s when something clicked – too many people are dying due to new diagnosis.”

He says he is “not interested in profit”.

“Revenue will be created to swaddle the cost of production, development and other necessities, but it is not for personal gain,” Ramzan divulges, who has considered partnering with a charity on the project as it progresses.

He is also looking at various options about how the product will be distributed in the future.

While there is not yet a accurate date, he hopes the product will be rolled out across developing rural areas over the next couple of years.

Images © Hans Ramzan

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