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Meet Makerere University students that have developed an app that checks for bacterial vaginosis

vlcsnap-2015-04-30-15h17m55s577The Team Code Gurus from Uganda will amaze you. These incredible ladies;  Nanyombi Margaret Pearl, Ndagire Esther, Nairuba Pauline and Namanda Kaweesi Jackline all from the College of Information Computer Technology at Makerere University have developed an app that tests for Bacterial Vaginosis using both hardware and software.The hardware connects to the software using Bluetooth to tell whether women have healthy vaginal bacteria as explained in the Her Health BV video

Normally, there are a lot of “good” bacteria and some “bad” bacteria in the vagina. The good types help control the growth of the bad types. In women with bacterial vaginosis, the balance is upset. There are not enough good bacteria and too many bad bacteria. Usually a mild problem may go away on its own in a few days.

However, it can lead to more serious problems if untreated. Problems such as cause cervical cancer, Pelvic inflammatory disease and if BV isnt treated can lead to miscarriages in pregnant women. Work on the BVapp started in January 2015, with research from doctors in various hospitals such as Nsambya hospital and Mayo clinic.

The doctors were helpful but carrying our research on BV presented a challenge they had not anticipated. “this was one the hardest stages. Collecting information on BV as not many women are ready to disclose that they have BV.” Says Maggie. Pauline sights their close friendship as their biggest pillar. ‘Giving up would be letting everybody down’, she says.

That keeps them focused and determined to achieve their joint dream of reducing the prevalence of Bacterial Vaginosis and further ailments that result from untreated BV. Their initial inspiration to take on this project came in form of a Bacterial Vaginosis self-test strip that comes with a particular brand of sanitary towels (Shuya pads). They developed a desire to find an easier way, a quicker way through which women of all ages could test themselves for bacterial vaginosis.

Unlike many other 22 year olds, they live their lives with passion, determination and desire to achieve this dream. A dream, which once achieved will change the lives of many Ugandan women. The application that is now available in the Windows store functions with both software and hardware and can be used in these four easy steps

STEP 1 Collect a urine sample or vaginal fluid in a cup

STEP 2 Put the adrenal stick in the sample

STEP 3 Wait 3 seconds to view your results.

STEP 4 If the values are between 4.5 and 7, you are healthy and the app goes on to show you how to stay healthy. If the results fall are between 4.7 and above 7.0, you are not so healthy and ways on how to boost health are given. If it is 7.5, the app shows you have bacterial vaginosis. The app provides information on how to get healthy and to find a doctor showing the locations of doctors in that vicinity. ph sensor As with any change tool, the girls have faced a number of challenges the biggest being shortage of financing to acquire the hardware used to operate this app. Once the issue of financing has been addressed, they hope to make this BV app available to every woman in Uganda through clinics, health centers and NGOs ready to help them increase the reach of this app to women all over the country.





  1. kentodoki1992

    May 27, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Thanks for sharing the story. Kudoz the Code Gurus team.

  2. Patrick Tumusiime

    May 27, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Reblogged this on Thoughts Under Obscurity and commented:
    It’s only just the beginning, these awesome ladies are headed for Greatness and I derive so much inspiration from Them. Kudos team Code Gurus.

  3. Davisthedoc

    May 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Hey. Great story but I think you need to change the title from ‘Cervical Cancer’ to ‘Bacterial Vaginosis’ unless you, in your article, create a link between the two.

  4. Anonymous

    May 29, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    This is great, thumbs up for U Gurus, the mothers of the next generation, may those with good hearts and the money extend their hands to you.

  5. Namusoke Asia

    June 8, 2015 at 12:46 am

    So inspired. Let us pray for volunteers to come and help.

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  7. Norman Okisai

    June 20, 2015 at 2:28 am

    This Is Great to know That Our own Ugandans are So innovative.
    However the publishers of ths article either for their own selfish désires or something hv decided to excite readers by confusing cervical cancer with bacterial vaginosis.
    was it Just to attract many ppl to Read the article or what?

  8. Herman Clive Quotes.

    June 20, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Reblogged this on Herman Clive Quotes and commented:
    This is awesome.

  9. Herman Clive Quotes.

    June 20, 2015 at 7:45 am

    I had to reblogg this to my blog. It’s a brilliant innovation.

  10. aaderinto2014

    July 1, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Reblogged this on randomthot101.

  11. nansamba senoga

    July 21, 2015 at 6:19 am

    woow..u gona shine ladies..wat u dd is jst awesome

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