FemBioBiz participant: Abigail Shikabeta

Abigail Shikabeta - Student at University of Zambia

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an airborne disease that is spread when an uninfected person inhales an air droplet from an infected person who has active Tuberculosis. Abigail’s idea is to break the chain by inverting or designing a handkerchief coated with isoniazid (isoniazid is an anti-TB drug with ability to act on both intracellular and extracellular mycobacterium tuberculosis). The infected person can use the handkerchief to cover their mouth each time the cough out and the bacteria will be trapped in the polymer and killed or inhibited by isoniazid. They will resemble baby wipes or facial wipes. This will help solve the widespread problem of increasing TB death rates. The target market includes pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and the general public.