SZABIST grad develops cancer prevention device
KARACHI, April 21(Daily Times): Adnan Haider, a graduate of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), and his 'imaGyn' at Duke
University won a hundred-thousand-dollar prize at CUREs competition for
developing a device to facilitate cervical cancer prevention in the developing
world. This device, the 'Cerviscope', is a portable colposcope that will cost
roughly 95 percent less than comparable technology in US-based hospitals.
Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among women. Over
260,000 women die every year from this disease with 80 percent of these cases
occurring in the developing world. Although cervical cancer is highly
preventable, the problem is neglected by most public health organizations.
ImaGyn garnered resounding support from the community at Duke Hospital and
Hospital St. Corix in Haiti during the development of the Cerviscope.
made up of members from Pakistan, Hong Kong, India, and the United States, team
members Theo Tam, Wynn Xiao Wu, Adnan Haider, Gauravjit Singh, and Ram
Balasurbramanian, expressed their hope for the global community. "We are not
here to change the world. Our ambition is to save the lives of 19,000 women in
the next five years by helping them get access to cervical cancer screenings."