Reducing child mortality rate.
Battling Pnemonia in sub saharan africa.
Medical aid for health workers
Early diagnosis is key when fighting disease. This fact is especially true in developing countries like Uganda where pneumonia kills up to 27 000 children every year. According to The Guardian ,an innovation by 24-year-old Ugandan graduate Brian Turyabagye could play a key role in changing the way we approach pneumonia treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mama-Ope is an innovation that was born out of an entry of MAK students in the Big Ideas Innovations competition. This global online competition was organized by University of California, Berkeley with support from USAID, Charles Schwab Foundation and Blum Centre for Innovations. Mama-Ope is a pneumonia kit for diagnosis in young children.For the rich minds from Makerere University, pneumonia woes could be long gone thanks to Makerere University Minds.
A team of Ugandan Engineers invented a smart jacket which will diagnose pneumonia. Surprisingly, the jacket diagnoses pneumonia faster than a doctor. In fact, pneumonia is one of the fatal diseases that kill a large number of children across the world. According to UNICEF, each year 900,000 children under five in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa alone suffer and die from pneumonia. Moreover, pneumonia is more death causing than other diseases like diarrhea, malaria, meningitis, or HIV/Aids.
Pneumonia is a common illness that affects millions of people each year. Germs called bacteria, viruses, and fungi may cause pneumonia. In adults, bacteria are the most common cause of pneumonia.Pneumonia is usually diagnosed by looking at the patient's symptoms and patient past records.
It is normally misdiagnosed with malaria, asthma and tuberculosis. These diseases have many signs in common and there is need to clearly differentiate them. Lack of a clear differentiation between viral and bacterial pneumonia during diagnosis leads to wrong administration of drugs especially antibiotics which creates resistance. Research also has it that most lives are lost when the disease is under-estimated i.e. when its severity is not known.
MAMA-OPE is a biomedical application for early diagnosis and continuous monitoring of pneumonia patients. It derives its name from Olivia’s (team member) grandmother who lost the battle to pneumonia in June 2014. MAMA stands for mother and OPE denotes hope. The MAMA-OPE thus symbolizes “Hope for the Mother”. The vest specifically designed for children 0 to 5 years who are most prone to the disease.
Diagnosing Pnemonia is a challengng task for even the highly trained medical practioners, with mama-ope features this becomes easier.
All the processing is done by the system and hence only only has to simply read the results hence making it user friendly.
MamaOpe Uses about 2 minutes to detect if an infection in the lungs is present or not which saves over worked health workers time
It provides the means to access medical services that would not be consistently available in distant rural communities.
Medical records can easily and safely be stroed and shared using the power of the cloud.
They cheer us all the way and together we have a dream, a dream for Uganda, Africa and the whole world. At Mama_ope, team work is everything.
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