TUM innovation impresses at Continental arena in Egypt
It never came to Arafat Mukasa, a 4th year Medical Engineering student from Technical University of Mombasa, that his invention of an Epilepsy seizure detector would catapult him to continental fame.
To Mukasa, the invention was just an effort in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of a degree in Medical Engineering of the Technical University of Mombasa until it got recognition in Cairo, Egypt.
The innovation entails a wrist-watch on the patient’s hand which detects Epilepsy seizure in a patient and sends a signal to the care giver’s phone facilitating timely action in good time.
The innovation impressed at the annual Africa Biomedical Engineering Consortium event, an alliance of African Universities promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare infrastructure and technologies in Africa.
The end-of-January weeklong event is under the Innovators Summer School (ISS), an initiative by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to foster Africa’s economic development by stimulating biomedical engineering skills and innovation.
Mukasa ranked first in the ‘project with the highest social’ category ahead of Rehab Alghnnam from Cairo University and Ndawula Maurice from Uganda’s Mbarara University of Science and Technology who came second and third respectively.
The initiative, started in 2012, is helps students and researchers learn technology commercialization and business development technique through interacting with invited industrial leaders, seasoned entrepreneurs, and biomedical engineers.
Mukasa outwitted a total of 25 participants drawn from 12 universities from across Africa.
Apart from TUM were: Kenya’s Kenyatta University and University of Eldoret, Uganda’s Makerere University, Kyambogo University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
Hosts Egypt were represented by Cairo University and Minia University while Tanzania fronted Muhimbili University of Allied and Health Sciences as Malawi presented Malawi University of Science and Technology.
Addis Ababa University and Jimma University were the flag bearers of Ethiopia.