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    Ugandan Health-Tech Startup MamaOpe Medicals Closes Funding Round for Innovative ‘Smart Jacket’ Pneumonia Diagnosis Tool

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    Uganda-based MamaOpe Medicals has recently announced the successful closure of an investment round aimed at furthering its mission to combat pneumonia, a leading cause of child mortality worldwide. The investment, facilitated by Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx) and Reckitt under WiNFUND, signifies not only a substantial capital infusion but also strategic collaboration opportunities.

    The investment comes at a crucial juncture as pneumonia continues to pose a significant health challenge globally, particularly in developing countries where access to accurate diagnostic tools remains limited. According to the World Health Organization, pneumonia accounts for nearly one million child deaths annually, with Uganda alone witnessing up to 24,000 fatalities among children under the age of five each year.

    MamaOpe Medicals’ flagship product, the biomedical ‘smart jacket,’ represents a pioneering solution to this pressing issue. Founded in 2017 by Olivia Koburongo, Brian Turyabagye and Besufekad Shifferaw, (the first two graduates of telecom engineering at Makerere University) the company aims to revolutionize pneumonia diagnosis with its innovative device and software platform.

    The MamaOpe Biomedical Smart Jacket is designed as a non-invasive, wireless diagnostic tool specifically tailored to expedite pneumonia detection in children. Utilizing a combination of sensors that capture sound patterns from the lungs, temperature, and breathing rate, the jacket provides rapid and accurate diagnostic information within minutes.

    Explaining the functionality of the smart jacket, Turyabagye notes, “The processed information is sent to a mobile phone app (via Bluetooth) which analyses the information in comparison to known data so as to get an estimate of the strength of the disease.” This streamlined process not only accelerates diagnosis but also minimizes the risk of human error, enhancing overall healthcare efficiency.

    The investment round, facilitated by HIEx and Reckitt under WiNFUND, underscores the growing recognition of MamaOpe Medicals’ innovative approach to healthcare. By securing this funding, the company aims to further refine its technology, expand its reach within Uganda and beyond, and forge strategic partnerships to amplify its impact.

    Despite its remarkable achievements, MamaOpe Medicals remains vigilant of the challenges inherent in the healthcare landscape. Co-founder Brian Turyabagye emphasizes the company’s commitment to continuous innovation, stating, “Every day we have to keep thinking of how to keep our product relevant to our market.” This proactive approach ensures that MamaOpe Medicals remains at the forefront of addressing evolving healthcare needs.

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