High blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels cause stroke in 80 per cent people who are at risk. Currently, detection of stroke risk for these parameters means repeated visits to health providers and repeated measurements, and it requires frequent clinical tests accompanied by the lack of compliance. The investigations also lead to loss of wages in most cases and out-of-pocket expenses. Eventually conventional monitoring results in lost to follow up, drop outs, which causes more stroke episodes.
Tech4Life Enterprises in partnership with the Aga Khan University (AKU), to provide technological support in developing a simple, non-invasive, and low-cost glove using biomedical and mobile technologies that will empower people to check their blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol, and record an ECG without blood tests. The project is part of Grand Challenges Canada grant; funded by the Government of Canada and is dedicated to support bold ideas with big impact in global health.
This innovation in expected to reduce complex and costly ways of preventing stroke into a simple and publically accessible means. It will also to bring a therapeutic impact in a larger geographic area; considering the context of developing country, like Pakistan.