Ugandan innovator wins Africa award, Shs 96 million

Nile Post News

Nile Post News

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A team of Ugandan computer scientists and inventors spearheaded by Brian Gitta , who developed a device that can carryout malaria diagnosis without drawing blood, emerged winners of the 2018 prestigious Africa prize for Engineering innovation award.

At the ceremony which was held in Nairobi, Kenya , Gitta and his team where announced winners of the awards having created a low-cost reusable device that tests malaria called Matibabu which loosely means ‘medical center ‘ in Swahili.

The device just clips on a patients finger needs no specialist expertise to operate and delivers results with in a minute on a mobile phone that is linked to the device.

Gitta became the first and youngest person in Uganda to scoop the award and earned him worth $25,000 as prize money

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