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Biomedical Smart Jacket “MamaOpe”

An average of 750,000 cases of child deaths caused by pneumonia are reported every year in Africa. Many of those deaths caused by misdiagnosis, especially in the villages and remote areas, children get sick – and the first reaction is


For 26 year old Olivia Koburongo a telecommunication engineer at Uganda’s Makerere University, the death of her grandmother to Pneumonia was been the spark that has seen her develop smart jackets together with her colleagues, that are able to detect pneumonia three times faster than a doctor.

Ugandans invent 'smart jacket' to diagnose pneumonia

A team of Ugandan engineers has invented a smart jacket that diagnoses pneumonia faster than a doctor, offering hope against a disease which kills more children worldwide than any other.


Our Idea

Pneumonia is a common illness that affects millions of people each year.Pneumonia is usually diagnosed by looking at the patient's symptoms and past records.

It is commonly misdiagnosed with malaria, asthma and tuberculosis. These diseases have vital signs in common and there is need to clearly differentiate them. Lack of a clear differentiation between viral and bacterial pneumonia during diagnosis leads to wrong administration of drugs which creates resistance. Research shows that most lives are lost when the disease is under-estimated i.e. when its severity is not known.

MAMA-OPE is a biomedical application for early diagnosis and continuous monitoring of pneumonia patients. It derives its name from Olivia’s (team member) grandmother who lost the battle to pneumonia in June 2014. MAMA stands for mother and OPE denotes hope. The MAMA-OPE thus symbolizes “Hope for the Mother”. The vest specifically designed for children 0 to 5 years who are most prone to the disease.


MamaOpe is a kit that can aid health workers and practitioners to easily diagnose Pnemonia at a faster rate with increased accuracy.

Easy To Use

The diagnosis process is standardised by the which displays a result hence making the kit user-friendly.                                

Time Saving

MamaOpe measures all the vital signs at once which potentially reduces the average diagnosis time.

Support For Telemedicine

It provides an option for patient data storage that can be used for tracking and monitoring of patient records.             

Cloud Storage

Medical records can easily and safely be stored and shared using the power of the cloud.

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