Uganda has the worst healthcare systems in the world. Most ladies go through hell when they develop weird infections down there. Most girls who are in their adolescent stage suffer in silence which later leads to unavoidable social stigma. Medical care can be expensive and most people tend to shy away from expensive clinics
A team of five amazing ladies called Team Code Gurus have successfully created the BVKit. The kit is able to detect harmful bacteria which causes Bacterial Vaginosis. The kit is also able to detect other vaginal infections in women. The five ladies are currently studying information technology and engineering in Makerere University. The BVKit is reliable since it allows women to test vaginal infections at home.
Ventures Africa reports the Kit is a combination of a hardware and software and works with a Bluetooth medium. The hardware detects PH levels in urine and relays the readings to the application via Bluetooth. “We get value of a urine sample or vaginal discharge sample, and send PH values via Bluetooth to the software. The software gives you the exact values and lets you know whether you have healthy or unhealthy vaginal bacteria,” Nanyombi Magni the project leader explained. In addition, the application tells you whether or not you should see a doctor and where you can find the doctor.
Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection affecting women between 15 to 44 years. The cause of the infection is unknown but experts claim it can be deadly to infected women. However, women who have BV are more susceptible to other STDs like HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HPV.
Technically, the kit makes you a doctor since you can carryout tests at home and later read the results. “You can run tests on yourself every once in a month, to make sure that your bacteria is okay and that you are not developing anything that you shouldn’t have,” said the programmer, Ndagire Esther.
Team Code Gurus hopes to help all the vulnerable women in rural areas who are unable to seek medical care. “We hope that NGO’s can help us reach rural areas where women who don’t have the opportunity to test the bacteria, will be able to use our application.” said Esther.
Health education is a challenge in many areas. Most countries have NGOs that hold mainstream talks to get money but neglect the actual work on the ground. The kit will help reduce complications that arise from vaginal infections.