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.

The group, 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."

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