Microsoft Awards $12,000 to Ugandan Students for Malaria App

BY ROSE ZARA

A group of Ugandan students won in the women’s empowerment category of the 11th annual Microsoft Imagine Cup for young developers, technologists and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The three members of the Ugandan team (Joshua BUSINGE, Brian GITTA, and Simon LUBAMBO) were given the Women Empowerment Award $12,000 first prize sponsored by the UNWomen Agency. The Ugandan group, known as Team Code 8, designed a Windows Phone application entitled “Matibabu” which diagnoses malaria without getting a blood sample from the body. Matibabu allows users to determine their malaria status very quickly, and send the results to their skydrive in order to keep a medical record that can be shared with their doctors.

The goal of this application is to “help diagnose for malaria early and efficiently to save lives, time, and money” according to team member Brian GITTA. The Woman’s Empowerment Award is destined to the two teams with projects that most effectively address issues that impact women on a global scale, and the judges believed Matibabu did so in the best manner.

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