This smart jacket helps diagnose pneumonia in children living in sub-Saharan Africa. The MamaOpe pneumonia kit is described as a life-saving jacket in Uganda, where 27,000 children die every year from the illness. The prototype can quickly and accurately diagnose pneumonia, and then continue to monitor it.
The wearable biomedical device is capable of measuring the temperature, lung sounds and breathing rate of the person wearing it. The jacket is designed to fit young children from ages 0 to 5. This invention prevents misdiagnosis as well, as pneumonia symptoms can often be confused with asthma and even malaria or tuberculosis, and misdiagnosis can lead to harmful treatment.
This is an example of how technology can help those in developing countries and contribute to people in need.