This App Fights Infant Mortality In Uganda

Using an algorithm and a preindustrial device, developers created a tech solution to solve the problem of costly equipment in underdeveloped countries.
Sep 25, 2014·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

Frustrated by the high infant and child mortality rates in Kampala, Uganda, Joshua Okello helped develop an application for mobile phones that can detect if a baby is in distress.

Okello used a traditional device called a Pinard horn and adapted it to connect to smartphones. The application alerts expecting mothers to potential problems by detecting the fetal heart rate and alerting a doctor if necessary.

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