Flash of Insight: Mobile App Tests for Anemia with Camera Flash

The “Hb Meter,” a new mobile app field tested by Africare’s Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program, is the first non-invasive test for anemia that detects hemoglobin levels using a mobile phone’s camera flash. Africare/Tanzania is currently testing the Hb Meter against standard hemoglobin measurement tools. If it works, Hb Meter will likely encourage more people to test for anemia and it may reduce the cost and risk of infection associated with the standard test.

June 2015