Despite all the hype and news of innovation coming out of Africa in recent times, the 2018 Global Innovation Index (GII) released on 10 July shows that of 126 nations ranked by innovations, eight African countries are among the last ten and only seven countries from Sub-Saharan Africa are in the top 100. The GII… Read More South Africa Ranked Top Innovation Nation in Africa, Nigeria at Bottom of World Ranking
Three university engineering graduates in Uganda are taking on one of the leading killers of young children in Africa – pneumonia. They say the prototype of their invention, a “smart jacket” they have named Mama’s Hope, can diagnose the illness faster and more accurately than the current medical protocol. Four-month-old Nakato Christine writhes on a… Read More Meet Ugandans Who Invented a Better Way to Diagnose Pneumonia
It’s sometimes said that there are more mobile phones than light bulbs in Uganda – where did this idea come from, and is it true? In 2009, journalist Dara Kerr wrote about Uganda as “a place where cell phones could outnumber light bulbs”. This appears to be the first time such a comparison was made.… Read More Does Uganda Have More Mobile Phones Than Light Bulbs?
Uganda passed a new law this month targeting parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. “Anti-vaxxers” could face up to six months in prison in the central African nation of Uganda after claims by the Health Minister and others that a growing religious “cult” is preventing parents from having their children immunized. The new law was signed by… Read More Anti-vaccination Parents Face Jail Time After Uganda Passes New Law