Her Health BVKit: An App That Detects Vaginal Bacteria

The brains behind Her Health BVKit
               The brains behind Her Health BVKit

As mobile diffusion and smartphones increase continues its unprecedented surge in Africa, its benefits are spreading beyond the limits of social interactions and brand development. The number of health solutions, exploiting this growth, are also on the rise. This app is specifically a gift to females.

A female group of five from the Makerere University in Uganda are also on a quest to create apps that will address health issues across the continent and also have hope to expand to the rest of the world. The quintet known as the Team Code Gurus have created a test kit which is connected to a smartphone app that enables one to detect harmful vaginal bacteria and other infections.

7cd8dc0a150b4c028abebd437d002274‘Her Health BVKit’ connects the smartphone app via Bluetooth. When urine or vaginal discharge sample is placed on the kit, the PH value is sent to the application. The app can then show whether the user has a healthy or unhealthy amount of bacteria. If any there are unhealthy levels of bacteria present, the application then recommends that the user immediately seeks medical attention and it also specifies where the nearest doctor or clinic is.

The team’s programmer, Ndagire Esther explains that the team would like to work with NGOs and other health facilities to supply rural women with the kit:

We plan on marketing our application through NGOs, clinics and pharmacies. We hope the NGOs can help us reach rural areas where women who don’t have the opportunity to test their bacteria will be able to use our application.

Ndagire also explained that the idea to have both the hardware and software is to make it easy to use and widely available for women to test themselves every month for harmful bacteria that could indicate infection.

2015_7$largeimg229_Jul_2015_100750573“The application could bring hope to a country where health knowledge and accessibility remains a challenge. Despite the declining HIV rates in Uganda, there is still much work to do when it comes to sexual health”

The Ugandan Ministry of Health website explains that a third of the population is aged 10-24 and currently more babies are born to teenage mothers than to adult women. The Ministry adds that whilst over 90% of people aged 20-24 know about condoms, less than 50% had ever used a condom. This indicates just how at risk young female Ugandan’s are, and this application promises to help with that.