South African Doctoral Candidate invents Asthma Prediction Device

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mosesA doctoral candidate from the University of Pretoria, Moses Kebalepile, has made it to semi-final stages of the GIST Tech-I competition for his invention- a hand-held device that helps asthma sufferers and caregivers predict an attack.  This means those who suffer from asthma will not be caught by surprise when an episode of asthma happens, thus preventing Asthma related deaths.

The portable device allows users to add their details to create a user profile.  All they need to do is blow into the device and they will be alerted if there are possible chances of having an asthma attack.

The GIST Tech-I Competition, led by the US Department of State, is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging countries globally.  It provides a platform for aspiring innovators to submit their ideas and start-ups online, these applications are then reviewed by experts followed by votes by the global voting public to choose the finalists. The thirty (30) finalists will win a trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Silicon Valley to receive an opportunity to showcase their ventures.

Kebalepile holds a Master’s degree in Public Health with a strong background in basic medical sciences.  His research focus is the interplay of Environmental Toxicology, Epidemiology and Respiratory health, using asthma as a proxy.  His invention, the Asthma Grid, has recently won first prize at the Technology Innovation Agency Inventor’s Garage Competition in South Africa.

To support Kepalepile and his life-saving innovation, simply go to  http://www.gistnetwork.org/tech-I/vote. Voting is open until 1 May.

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