WinSenga to save lives in Africa
In Uganda, where complications during pregnancy happen often, a device that can quickly check for problems during pregnancy could save lives. Three sophomores at Makerere University in Uganda invented a device, called WinSenga, that connects to a smartphone to perform ultrasounds on pregnant women.
The device consists of a funnel-like horn — similar to the pinard horns used by midwives in the area to listen to fetal sounds — that’s connected via a wire to a smartphone. When pressed on the stomach, the funnel will pick up fetal sounds and then transmit them to the phone, which displays information about the baby’s condition. An application on the phone also records and analyzes the sounds to determine information about the pregnancy and its progression, like the baby’s age and heart rate.
*WinSenga won at the 2012 Microsoft East and Southern Africa Imagine Cup competition.
Comment: Smartphones and everything that comes with it, truly have the potential to revolutionize the African way of life. Empowerment to the people.