A bilimeter tests the level of jaundice to determine if a baby needs to be treated or not. My friend from Washington got one donated for Kibogora and brought it with her. We’ve been testing and finding lots of babies who need treatment!
The baby in the back of this picture was only 12 hours old and already yellow! We would’ve spotted him because his skin color gave him away. But we’ve had four others already in two weeks who weren't showing signs of being yellow, yet their jaundice levels were just as dangerously high as this baby’s.
I wonder how many babies we’ve missed over the years since we could only go by skin color. I’ll never know, but I'm thankful for this machine that tests babies quickly, so treatment can get started to prevent brain damage!!