Tuberculosis (TB) can now be diagnosed easily through an inexpensive blood test. American scientist of Bangladesh origin, Dr Kazi Rushdy Ahmad led the team of scientists from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that discovered this method.
This information was published on October 23 in the US journal 'Science Translational Medicine'.
The World Health Organisation says that more than 10 million people around the world have active tuberculosis, and every year more than a million die from it. The majority of patients live in low-resource countries where diagnosing TB is expensive and time-consuming.
Using the newly discovered method, TB can be diagnosed within only an hour.
Other renown science and health related organisations have already published reports on the success of Dr Kazi Rushdy Ahmad and his team.
Dr Kazi Rushdy Ahmad is the founder of a Bangladeshi social welfare organisation called QK Ahmad Foundation. He is also the president of True North Bio, a US based healthcare company.
Dr Rushdy's father, Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, is an economist and the chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). His mother, Dr Zaheda Ahmad, is a retired professor of Dhaka University.