Makerere students develop mobile app to tackle Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Five female friends, Margaret Nanyombi, Jackline Namanda Kaweesi, Esther Ndagire and Pauline Nairuba — all third year Information Technology students and Bridget Mendoza, a first year student of electrical engineering at Makerere University, have developed a mobile app, named the BV-kit, to tackle Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) .
Bacterial Vaginosis is a common vaginal infection which occurs when the normal PH balance inside a vagina changes. It often manifests in awkward vaginal discharges and odour.
BV increases a woman’s chances of getting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
The mobile app works in tandem with a hardware stick which is a PH sensor.
Nanyombi, the team leader explained that “the hardware stick is placed in a urine sample to measure the pH levels. The app then shows you the results. If you are sick, the app will tell you that you need to see a specialist,” explains.
A pH between 4.0 to 4.5 means good health, but between 4.5 and 5.2 means something is not right.