Lumin™ Goal : HELP save 5 million lives by 2020.:
Better microscopy for the DOTS strategy can make major improvements in TB control. Fluorescence microscopy is known for better sensitivity in finding cases and can significantly reduce laboratory workloads even with more active case finding.
The Lumin™ portable fluorescence microscopy attachment and module has been designed to provide powerful fluorescence microscopy features to virtually any regular microscope at minimal cost, no maintenance, and the easy use of regular power or batteries.
TB programs in Africa that are now detecting 40-50% of infectious cases can expect to increase their performance to 50-60% or more. TB programs in countries that are already doing well with case detection rates near 65% or more may achieve 75% and more with regular use of the Lumin™. This can accelerate progress toward a TB elimination strategy.
What the Lumin™ Can Do:
For the 9 million new cases of TB occurring each year: The Lumin™ can diagnose more smear positive disease, more quickly, with patients gaining treatment earlier; and, the Lumin™ can make proof of successful treatment easier.
For the 4-5 million existing TB cases, who are not yet found:
The Lumin™ can raise the chance of their being diagnosed and starting treatment, avoiding self-treatment/poor treatment and reducing risk of drug resistance.
For communities living with HIV/AIDS:
TB kills 30-40% of people infected with HIV; risk of spreading TB is one of the greatest causes of stigma. Existing studies indicate that fluorescence microscopy (as done by The Lumin™) may offer earlier, more sensitive detection of TB in people with HIV, thus improving their chance of survival and protecting those around them.
For health workers, doctors and laboratory staff:
The Lumin™ enables more rapid, easier sputum smear reading with better results than the microscopy of the past 100 years.
Better results with the Lumin™ will build trust and confidence in lab results, encourage repeated microscopy exams when needed, and enable more “active” case finding.
The sharply increased lab worker capacity which the Lumin™ provides will boost morale as more cases are found and the community recognizes that TB can be diagnosed, and cured.
Monitoring of progress during TB treatment with the Lumin™ can mean that fewer patients prematurely stop the intensive phase of treatment and thus risk failure.
Use of the Lumin™ at the periphery and middle levels of health systems will mean that reference laboratories can focus on overall quality control, on advanced culture and other diagnostic platforms, and know that more infectious TB cases are found earlier and closer to the patient.
For management of National TB Programs, of private hospitals and clinics, and for Ministries of Health and of Finance, and for international aid donors and charities, the Lumin™:
Offers a low cost strategy which does not necessitate first replacing existing equipment or upgrading of electrical systems and specialized rooms. Optimizes the investments of the past decade in advocacy, social-mobilization and communications aimed at wide social awareness of the symptoms of TB and the need to seek early testing and diagnosis.
Fits directly into the system of laboratory training, quality control and laboratory registry standardization, monitoring and evaluation which has been built into national and global reporting systems to track progress against the TB epidemic.
For those who live and work near persons with undiagnosed TB:
The Lumin™ can help find new and undiagnosed TB cases, allowing treatment to be started and stopping the spread of the TB germ to those nearby.
For those with TB in the family:
The Lumin™ can help mothers and fathers with TB to be detected earlier and thus lessen the risk to their children; children and teenagers will have a better chance of being detected and started on treatment with use of the Lumin™.
For the elderly:
The elderly are at the greatest risk from latent TB infections acquired decades earlier. Use of the Lumin™ offers better probability of early detection of TB, thus improving their chance of being cured and protecting families or other elderly persons living near them.