Mangaluru boy detects malnutrition at Rs. 2!!

Mangaluru boy detects malnutrition at Rs. 2!!

An 18-year-old Mangaluru boy named Muhammed Suhail CS was honored with the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar this January.Because of his 'The Malnutrition Project,' which talks about a non-invasive method of diagnosing pre-symptomatic Protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM) with paper strips at just Rs. 2.Simply put, it's a paper-based device that could presage the level of protein in a child's blood.The process that his project follows, named 'Ultra low-cost presymptomatic paper diagnostic and nutrition tool for PEM,’ starts when a child's saliva specimen is taken on the paper. The biomarker in saliva indicates the level of protein in one's blood.So, if the paper changes color, it means that the child has deficiency of proteins and nutrients.After this process, the paper is scanned using a mobile app where it displays the percentage of protein or the extent of malnutrition.This experiment was first conducted on Yenepoya Research center's patients.Dr. Manu Prakash, scientist and professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University inspired Suhail to use paper as a tool for his project.His development encouraged Suhail to invent a method to diagnose pre-symptomatic PEM by using paper as a tool instead of syringes or complicated steps.Suhail shares, "The method costs Rs. 2 and takes merely two minutes. It's a breakthrough in terms of cost and results in zero biomedical waste. He wants it to be freely available for the society. Suhail's invention got recognized on both the national and international level.MIT Lincoln Laboratory, along with International Astronomical Union, named a minor star after him.He also developed a project named, 'Let's Generate Electricity By Walking' that won more than 50 awards.In class VII, he designed tiles measuring 40x40 cm. The tiles, when fixed in public places, could produce electricity while people walk over them.It was utilized for generating power for street lights and other public utilities. The fame that came along with awards and honors did not divert Suhail's mind.His next project will enable people to make online transactions without entering debit and credit card details.This is conceptualized by keeping in mind the issue of hacking and safety of online users.It will be launched soon.

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