Innovation Digest for Uganda
Impact stories, useful information, country data and more
Gathering information on farmers can help find answers to their problems – from extreme weather to lack of credit – but turning that data into a business is tricky
Akorion uses technology-based solutions to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards report presents a revised and updated assessment of countries’ distance to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
World Bank data on social and economic indicators.
Due to electricity shortages and lack of storage facilities, half of all the fruit and vegetables produced in Africa is thrown away, even though millions of people across the continent are going hungry. Young Nigerian entrepreneur Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu and Ugandan engineering graduate Lawrence Okettayot have developed low-tech innovative solutions to address the problem in their own countries.
Uganda submitted its first Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals in 2016 to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The report tracks the progress Uganda has made so far towards each of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets.
Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda, however diagnostic tests can be too expensive or time consuming for people to afford. A low-cost reusable device using light beams and magnets could speed up the process and make diagnoses faster and more accessible.
In Uganda, pneumonia is responsible for a large part of children under five’s mortality rate. This is often misdiagnosed, resulting in preventable deaths. This biomedical smart jacket distinguishes temperature, breathing rate and sound of the lungs to establish a diagnosis up to four times faster than a doctor.
Ugandan research organisation, Med Biotech Laboratories, has launched a three-year field trial of an innovative anti-malaria home proofing solution. Similar to indoor residual spraying, the process involves modifying a traditional home redecoration custom by incorporating insecticide into the mix that is used on the walls.
24 year old Brian Gitta from Uganda won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize 2018 for a ‘bloodless’ malaria test called Matibabu. The device is a needle-free test designed to make the diagnostic process faster and more efficient. It does not require a specialist and can be used simply by clipping onto a patient’s finger to detect changes in red blood cells which indicate malaria.
The Ugandan Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation provides support and resources for research into innovative solutions to challenges in agriculture, health, industrialisation, employment creation and the overall development of a sustainable economy.