Not Your Everyday Lab Jacket

A Ugandan inventor is looking to end scores of missed pneumonia diagnoses with a very different kind of lab jacket.
Shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize 2017, inventor Brian Turyabagye says his prototype biomedical jacket gives an accurate diagnosis 3–4X faster than a doctor.
Pneumonia kills half a million children under 5 each year in sub-Saharan Africa; 27,000 in Uganda alone. Killing more children under 5 than HIV/AIDS, malaria and diarrhea combined, pneumonia receives only 2 cents out of every UNICEF dollar.
Known as Mama-Ope (“Hope for the Mother”) the Bluetooth-enabled jacket reads body temperature, lung condition and heart rate.

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