Ugandan Students Invent Pregnancy Scan Machine

by Stacia L. Brown

Forbes.com reports that three students at Uganda’s Makerere University have won the top honor in the Microsoft East and Southern Africa Imagine Cup competition for inventing a handheld machine that scans the progress of pregnancies. The sophomores,  Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello and Josiah Kavuma, call their device WinSenga.

WinSenga combines the traditional horn used by midwives and gynecologists to hear fetal sounds with a smartphone capable of determining the position, growth, and movement of the baby. The phone displays the results of WinSenga’s findings on its screen.

It’s a remarkable development its creators believe will aid doctors in making more accurate determinations about the health of growing fetuses. WinSenga will be entered in a larger, international competition, the Imagine Worldwide Cup finals, which will take place in July. The device is set to become available commercially that month, at $3,000.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    I’m PROUD! Thank you Jesus for Africa!

  • Dalili

    **there you are, I’ve been trying to pin you down for a hug**

    Heeyy Sis!! Hope all is well! Have a great weekend!

    Kudos to these students! Awesome!

  • mamareese

    Ok, don’t shoot me….but shouldn’t they be putting that into finding how to slow the rate of AIDS that is killing off the populate in Africa? I mean this is wonderful and all….but can we please sue a smartphone to get some smart answers to save people? Shots fired…. Ihear them coming….

  • Elle

    The AIDS rate in all of Africa? I believe this device is specific to the needs of women and ob/gyn related issues in certain parts of Uganda…no need to go lumping all of Africa in this.I personally am not well versed in the AIDS rate in Uganda, or the issues that mothers are facing in terms of pre-natal care, however I”m sure there is easily accessible information out there if you’re interested in learning more. I think the phenomenal part of this, is that these are STUDENTS, who have found a usable solution to what is surely an issue for poor mothers in Uganda. regardless of the AIDS rate in Uganda or on the continent of Africa, women have and will always be fertile, and have and will always give birth to children.

    From a development and education-based standpoint, this is oustanding work by those young women.

    There are billions of dollars invested in slowing the rate of AIDS across the continent of Africa, more money being funneled to worse hit areas and communities than others.

  • Pseudonym

    @mamareese: Ever heard of infant mortality? Miscarriages? Still borns? The medical field of maternal and child health which is a huge issue in the more rural regions of Africa (Asia, Europe, the Americas, and probably Australia) b/c they don’t have access to the same technologies that are more readily available in big cities?

    The issue of fetal health is equal if not higher than that of the HIV/AIDS impact.

  • Kam

    I won’t shoot you but will ask you “Why do you think that finding a way to slow the aids rate isn’t already taking place?” How do you know someone is not working on that, and if it is so pressing to you, then are YOU working on that smartphone app? I think Black women in technology is a good thing, so maybe you should research how you can find the answer to your question.

  • AI

    Amazing!

  • wuluwulu

    Wonderful!!!

  • Kiara

    You should read this article. African child mortality is decreasing: http://www.economist.com/node/21555571 . Some people really need to educate themselves and stop listening to the info the media wants you to know.

  • Pseudonym

    @kiara: Just because infant mortality rates in Africa are decreasing (relative to past years in parts of Africa) doesn’t mean it is at an actually low rate (comparable to infant mortality in, say, New York City, Berlin, or Johannesberg). I live in Chicago and murder rates have decreased in the past few years, yet we still had 40-50 people get shot in one weekend- more than once! I’m pretty sure that’s a lot higher than the shootings in Yarmouth, Maine. Instead of being abrasive about how others need to educate themselves, perhaps you should educate yourself on how to read and interpret statistics.

    Also, you complain about me “listening to the info the media wants [me] to know” yet you site a media article instead of an academic paper. Once again, in learning to read between the lines, the data in the article you sited talks about the different countries as a whole and doesn’t address the differences between city and rural health care. In fact, the article states “the mortality decline in these villages was no better than in the countries as a whole” which could mean that in some cases the decline was less in rural areas- note they didn’t say that the rates were comparable or the same.

    I said that higher infant mortality is higher in rural areas (than big cities) on every continent! There’s less access to money and technology in those areas- that’s fact.

    Follow your own advice and research before you go attacking people on the Internet for no reason.

  • B

    Lulululululu!<– Ululations are definitely in order! Hongera to by Ugandan brothers! Super proud of you and your invention!

  • B

    *my. :)

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