Nigeria’s New Malaria Test Will Save Thousands of Lives

The world’s first urine malaria test will soon be available in Nigeria, marking a major advancement in the battle against the disease. Like pregnancy tests, the malaria test uses a dipstick to detect the Plasmodium parasite inside a sample of urine. Because of its ease of use and quick diagnosis time (just 20 minutes), the test could be a huge boost in the fight against malaria, which runs rampant in many sub-Saharan African countries—accounting for 90% of the world’s 580,000 annual malaria deaths. It’s set to hit pharmacy shelves in Nigeria by the end of the year.