The Development of Ukweli Test Strips

Written by Engineers 4 Change

In 2015, researchers at Penn State noticed a curious way that some rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa were screening for diabetes. People would urinate on a flat rock, then monitor it to see if ants were attracted, indicating higher levels of glucose in the urine. This intuitive urine test inspired the research team to develop a urinalysis test strip for diabetes. They called the test, and the brand launched from it, Ukweli.

Since then, Ukweli has moved to Lehigh University, and its product has changed slightly. The test started as an inkjet-printed strip, and now it is produced by an

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