In 2012, the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) established a partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a goal to foster global collaboration to solve real-world problems and facilitate the opportunity to showcase exciting innovative projects around the world.
Every year close to 50 students complete an onsite coupled with online and comprehensive course in designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating Health information systems for the developing world.
The course is internationally known as “Global health informatics to improve quality of care”. It focuses on innovations in information systems to accelerate improvements of health outcomes in developing countries. The course focuses not only on technology and mHealth as it applies to global health, but also on broader issues necessary for the successful deployment of information systems such as quality of care, disease burden, and project management. It is a collaborative offering from Sana, MIT, Partners in Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and a network of international partner academic institutions located around the globe. The course is designed with two core components that are mutually related: 1) Lectures featuring international speakers who are recognized experts in the field, and 2) Collaborative project development to tackle a real world global health problem.
Student’s specifically postgraduate students from various backgrounds (engineering, public health, medicine, policy, business, etc) attend this online course. A real world project is implemented in class through the various groups. The groups (3-5) are usually formed on a basis of project interest and are usually a combination of students from various collaborative institutions and can include: The Institute of Computer Science of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda), MIT(USA), University of San Francisco(USA), Taipei Medical University (Taiwan), University of the Philippines College of Medicine (Philippines), University of Cauca(Colombia), Singapore University of Technology and Design(Singapore), National Institute of Applied Science and Technology (Tunis), University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and Vellore Institute of Technology (India).
In 2015, the iteration for the course commenced on 6th February and it runs every Friday at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Computer Lab 4 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. Previous courses can be viewed at http://sana.mit.edu/media/ https://www.facebook.com/MUSTSANA
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Dr. Fred Kaggwa, firstname.lastname@example.org
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List of projects
1. Health Vitals Assesment Application
2. Clean Hive
3. Monitoring and Limiting the Spread of HIV in Universities
4. Mobile Application for Labour Monitoring
Half a million women lose their lives every year because of pregnancy related complications. Obstructed labour and ruptured uterus contributes up to 70% of maternal mortality. Early detection of abnormal progress and prevention of prolonged labour can significantly reduce maternal mortality rate. Tools and techniques to monitor labour have been developed to play an important role in saving women’s lives. One of these tools is the WHO partograph which is recommended to be used by health attendants during labour. However, the partograph has not been fully put to use, not because it is inefficient but because it is time consuming to fill in and to follow. Research findings of this study revealed that most doctors do not even use the partograph at all. We therefore suggest an automated partograph in form of a mobile application so that data input is made easier and output is automatic.The major aim of the study is to develop a mobile application to support labour monitoring and data recording in the maternity ward at the Mbarara Regional Referral hospital found in South-western Uganda. The application will be used by maternity labour supervisors to record labour progress, detect labour inconsistences and record deliveries. This will help in labour monitoring; avert prolonged and obstructed labour, which is one of the leading causes of maternal, new-born mortality and serious maternal morbidities, such as obstetric fistula. The application will also keep mother and child records at birth for future reference. It is expected that this study will create awareness of the problem at hand and inspire more and better interventions towards solving the problem. The application will ease the work of health attendants especially midwives while working with the partograph as recommended by WHO. It will reduce both maternal and child mortality rate resulting from labour complications especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
5. Ovulation Guide
Failure to monitor ones’ ovulation cycle has led to increased unwanted Pregnancies among adolescents of reproductive age: between 15-19 years. This has resulted in increased unwanted pregnancies, abortions, Maternal and neonatal Morbidity and Mortality, Undesirably high Population growth, Family stress and Economic problems among others.About 16 million adolescent girls give birth every year. Of these, 3 million girls aged 15-19 undergo unsafe abortions every year. In Uganda, we see a 25-percent pregnancy rate among adolescents in a population of 30 million people (highest rates of adolescent pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa).Despite the many Family planning methods available on market, many adolescents still become pregnant and face challenges of unwanted pregnancies. Family planning methods are cumbersome, thus the need to develop an ovulation digital monitoring device to monitor the ovulation cycle.It’s in reference to this call and existing public health impact that an ovulation guide (OvuGuide) will be developed as a new family planning tool targeting the adolescents. The application will be developed and programmed to monitor the ovulation cycle of the female adolescents. Our major target populations are the female adolescents because of the high rate of unwanted pregnancy among them compared to other age groups.
6. Tracking Mulnutrition in Primary Schools
7. Teen Talk
8. Mr. Clean
The growth rate of waste in Kakoba Division over the last 20 years has exceeded that of other divisions, in fact it is projected that Kakoba Division would produce twice as much waste as Mbarara Municipality 2020, with millions tons of waste generated in urban areas alone yearly .
To reduce the effect of waste production on the environment, health, and quality of life (as they are all interconnected), different forms of waste management were proposed, the ideal one was mobile application (Mr. Clean) and using Google maps monitoring of homestead waste using . This paper explains what waste management is and also suggests an appropriate method that can be used to manage waste easily.