Fiona and Boitumelo’s electronic stethoscope

Fiona and Boitumelo’s electronic stethoscope

I recently had the opportunity to interview Fiona Oloo and Boitumelo Mantji, two young African women who worked on a prototype for an electronic stethoscope. The two saw the need for designing, building and testing an electronic stethoscope, whose design will enhance the audio capability of an acoustic stethoscope, including data logging and a phonogram.

The prototype performs all the basic functionalities of existing electronic stethoscopes, but it is more cost effective as it can be produced with a minimal budget.  In addition, it includes a feature for sound extraction which can identify the origin of various internal bodily sounds that is, the heart, lungs and gastrointestinal sounds.

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Zero hunger in Africa: Mututa's story

Zero hunger in Africa: Mututa's story

Fortune smiled upon Mututa Nyoni when after about ‘only’ six months into farming, he was able to land a job with a reputable bank.  The entry level job only earns him a modest salary, but Mututa knows that he is one of the lucky few to have a job at all, and having been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, he has continued to supplement his income through farming.

Mututa’s story is not unique.  Millions of Africans earning a living or supplementing their income in various entrepreneurial and innovative ventures are practically contributing towards the goals of Agenda 2030.

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