Five female students of the Makerere University in Uganda have successfully created an app that can help ladies to detect vaginal bacteria.
Team Code Gurus, the name of the group of five undergraduates of the school, created the test kits to detect harmful bacteria that cause bacterial vaginosis, and several other infections in women.
The BVKit is made up of a combination of a hardware and software and works with a Bluetooth medium. The hardware is able to detect PH levels in urine and relays the readings to the app via Bluetooth. According to the project leader of the group, Nanyombi Magni, the group collects urine or vaginal discharge sample, and send PH values via Bluetooth to the software.
“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.” However, the test does not stop at that stage as the app further tells you whether or not you should see a doctor and where a doctor can be found.
Perhaps, more laudable is the fact that the kit is not only very simple, but also available. Women in Uganda no longer have to visit lab or hospitals to run tests as the kit can be operated by at home. “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 plans to market the kit through NGO’s, clinics and pharmacies, with special focus on women who dwell in the rural areas. “We hope that NGOs 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.”