Cameroonian inventor wins prize for handheld tablet bringing medicine to rural areas

Dr. Ndjomo Mba, director of the hospital of Mbankomo and Arthur Zang testing the Cardiopad with patient Jean Abada.

Story highlights

  • Cameroonian Arthur Zang has won £25,000 ($37,000) for inventing a heart-monitoring tablet.
  • The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation celebrates scalable solutions to critical everyday problems.
  • Cardio Pad could revolutionize medicine in remote areas.

Yaounde (CNN)He is just 28 years old, but Cameroonian Arthur Zang has won a £25,000 ($37,000) prize for inventing a touchscreen heart-monitoring tablet that could revolutionize medicine in remote areas.

Cardio Pad enables heart patients in remote areas to access healthcare without journeying to the cities where most heart specialists work.
    Zang -- who won gold at the Africa Prize for the invention -- explains that the tablet comes with "four electrodes, which are attached to the patient's chest to determine whether their heart is functioning normally".
    The data is then wirelessly transmitted to the tablet and sent, via a mobile phone, to a cardiologist who can interpret the data in under 20 minutes.
    Any prescriptions needed are then sent to the local clinic.

    Matters of the heart

    Cameroon is home to over 22 million people, but fewer than 50 cardiologists.
    Almost all the heart specialists reside in the big cities of Yaounde and Douala.
    At the former hospital of Mbankomo, now a medical station care station where specialized personnel but no doctors are working, the Cardio Pad is helping to save lives.