AN ONLINE mapping system that tracks down areas where mosquitoes, which carry malaria, have become resistant to insecticides has been unveiled by organisations from Kenya and Switzerland. Swiss humanitarian aid company Vestergaard Frandsen has partnered with the ESRI Eastern Africa and the Kenya Medical Research Institute to launch the system...
Breathometer is the world's first smartphone breathalyzer. The device plugs into your smartphone and measures your blood alcohol concentration when you breathe into it. Unlike other breathalyzers,  Breathometer fits easily into your pocket or pocket or on your keyring. The device works with iPhones and Android devices. And the app makes it easy...
In order to help address the continent’s healthcare challenges, Orange has unveiled several projects that utilise information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enhance medi-care delivery. Orange, through its healthcare division set up in 2007, has been teaming up with e-health and medical partners to focus on integration, communication and secure storage...
A smartphone app that uses a phone's camera to analyse urine and check for a range of medical conditions has been shown off at the TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference in Los Angeles. Uchek tests for 25 different health issues and could help diagnose and treat diseases in the...
MTN Uganda in partnership with the Red Cross, Pinnacle Security, Uganda Athletics Federation(UAF), The New Vision, Huawei, Rwenzori Beverages and the Uganda Policehashanded overUGX. 307,660,500 Million to assist the people who were displaced by landslides in Bududa. The money was raised from the 9th edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon...
Only innovation can reduce illness and poverty in Africa, according to a program that is funding creative approaches to healthcare in developing countries. More than 50,000 women die each year of cervical cancer in Africa, according to World Health Organization estimates, as more than 80% of the cases are detected in late...
Team Cipher256 from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda which is behind WinSenga has made it to the grant finalists of Imagine Cup 2012. Its is among 13 teams selected as finalists and amog the oly two teams to make it from Africa. The other team from Africa is Vivid from Cairo,Egypt.
ZanaAfrica, a women-focused nonprofit organization  partnered with Chase Bank to launch a mobile app called the Nia Network designed to monitor distribution of sanitary towels across Kenya. The new platform will register distributors of sanitary towels in addition to displaying an overview of places of distribution to avoid duplication of...
A  report by the Kenya ICT Board through the Communication Communications of Kenya (CCK) indicated an upward trend in mobile subscriptions in 2012. Subscriptions rose from 28.08 million to 29.6 million, representing an increase of four percent in the period and 15.9 percent relative to the same period in the...
This article, published as part of our Special Coverage on mHealth was first published in our Print Edition for September 2012. You can obtain a full download here. Accurate bookkeeping is on nobody’s list of heroic acts. But without it, some revolutions are impossible, including the overhaul of a nation’s...