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.
What elicited Olivia’s mind
Olivia Koburongo, the 26-year-old engineer got the idea from a family problem. Her grandmother fell sick once, but doctors found it difficult diagnose the disease. After visiting hospitals to hospitals, lastly, he knew that his grandmother had pneumonia. And Koburongo said, “It was now too late to save her. He further said, “It was too hard to keep track of her vitals, of how she’s doing, and that is how I thought of a way to automate the whole process and keep track of her health.”
Kuborongo discussed her idea with another telecommunications engineering graduate Biran Turyabagye, 24. Moreover, forming a team with some doctors they made “Mama- Ope”. Mama Ope means mother’s hope. The kit made of a biomedical smart jacket along with a mobile application. Actually, mobile application accomplishes the work. Though the jacket is still a prototype, it can diagnose pneumonia three times faster than doctors while lessening human errors, as the inventors’ study say.
Certainly, it will be a time-congruent invention which will facilitate a large number population in poor countries. In fact, in poor communities access to laboratories and hospitals is deplorable. The invention already took a place in the shortlist of British Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2017 Africa Prize. Meanwhile, it is working on patenting the kit.