Do you want to play hunting parasites in real blood samples? You only need one minute! MalariaSpot is a game developed by researchers who have gamified the process of diagnosing malaria. There are not enough specialists in the world to diagnose malaria... and you can help! We combine the results from several players to obtain an image analysis as reliable as the one made by a specialist.
While playing you will hunt for "Plasmodiums", the parasites responsible for malaria. The best you do it, the higher your score will be and the furthest you will advance in the game. Your goal? Find all the parasites in real blood samples from malaria patients.
You can find out more about the MalariaSpot Project at www.malariaspot.org
Thanks for helping us by playing! :)
*They have been kindly provided by Dr. John Frean from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg (South Africa), and have been previously used to assess the possibility of using automated image processing systems to count the number of parasites in the research article "Reliable enumeration of malaria parasites in thick blood films using digital image analysis" (Malaria Journal 2009, 8:218).