Mamaope, a Biomedical Jacket that Diagnoses Pneumonia



A team of five students of Makerere University have come up with a way to diagnose pneumonia with the use of a biomedical jacket, Mama-Ope, that will help diagnose Pneumonia earlier in young children.

The pneumonia kit is used to diagnose the disease in young children at an early stage, consisting of a wearable and a mobile phone application to do the diagnosis. It will be used to diagnose pneumonia at its early or screening stage, and is also expected to help in continuous monitoring of patients.

The kit contains a thermometer for checking body temperature and a flex-sensor to check breathing rates. It works by collecting information from the patient and sending it to the smartphone for interpretation within two minutes. A red light indicates that an individual is likely to have pneumonia.

“We use mobile technology to reduce the child mortality rate given that pneumonia is the leading child killer in Uganda and the world more that HIV, malaria and measles combined as reported by WHO.”

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.

The team has now been selected to compete for the 2016/17 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, an initiative that seeks to find inventors and engineers that tackle some of the African continent’s problems including the effects of climate change, access to renewable energy sources and disease.