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Engineering Minute – Smart Jacket

Smart jacket detects pneumonia, saves childen's lives

Every 20 seconds a child dies from pneumonia, many times due to being undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In places like sub-Saharan Africa, where doctors and medical equipment are scare, pneumonia is often mistaken for malaria as they have similar presentations. Students at Makere University, Uganda have created a smart jacket that can diagnose pneumonia 3-4 times faster than a doctor. The jacket measures the patient's temperature, respiratory rate, and lung sounds and sends the results, via bluetooth, to a mobile phone app that records and analysis the data. The results are sent to a healthcare professional who can then make an informed diagnosis. The device called MamaOpe, meaning "mother's hope", is currently being certified in Uganda with plans to expand to other countries in East Africa. Read more about the MamaOpe.



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