Foldscope at CIES – Managua, Nicaragua

Today I had the opportunity to share Foldscope with professors and masters of public health students at CIES-UNAN in Managua, Nicaragua. As well as medical students from UNAN in Managua. Many thanks to everyone for joining us today and to Francisco Mayoraga and Dr. Miguel Orozco (pictured above far left and right, respectively) for organizing the workshop.

There was so much excitement from everyone! Quickly, here are a few of my own photos and data from this afternoon:

Next are a few images I was able to capture through the Foldscope during the workshop. I also encourage everyone there that might now be reading this to create their own account and share theirs as well. The first is a blood smear with a Wright stain, brought courtesy of the medical students. The second is of a flower petal and some beautiful segmented trichomes that we found just outside the door.


Some of the major questions were:

How to track where you are (such as when you need to count cells from a number of different fields of view).

Is it possible to adapt with immersion oil?

Is it reuseable? (of course!)

Applications in Nicaragua:

Many students were very excited about using this in rural areas and testing the ability of the Foldscope vs. their standard microscopes.

One comment I thought may be interesting is the potential to use the Foldscope for testing agglutination to assess blood type compatibility and syphilis infection in the field. Any ideas of how to accomplish this?

Tomorrow we are off to an elementary school to share microscopy with the students! Looking forward to sharing more soon.

– Josh

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Great first day in Nicaragua Josha. This is wonderful to read; I wish I could have joined you all.

    1) please take detailed notes; and share live these discussions so this is recorded forever and the community can engage.
    2) please take lots of pictures and videos and share them here. Through your eyes; many people will get to make new friends in Nicaragua.
    3) make sure you train several people on how to collect data and actually share them on the website. It’s crucial; after you leave – we create a seed of a community in Nicaragua who we can directly keep engaged along the way.

    Thrilled to read this; and waiting for more to come and some posts from Native Nicaragua members.


  2. Manu Prakash says:

    I just got a quick video link from Miguel; it shows the excitement in the room. Can’t wait to see the detailed posts from everyone involved.



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