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In April 2012, a team directed by Dr. Miguel Luengo-Oroz from the Technical University of Madrid CEI Moncloa in collaboration the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa launched MalariaSpot.org to test the on-line gaming approach for crowdsourced counting of malaria parasites in images of thick blood films. In a couple of months, over 10,000 anonymous players from over 100 countries played over 12,000 games and generated a database of over 300,000 clicks. It was shown that an algorithm that combines 13 games from non-experts playing on the same image translates into a perfect parasite counting- as good as an expert microscopist.
Malariaspot is currently working with the Barcelona Centre for International Health to roll out a real-time system prototype in health clinics across sub-Saharan Africa.