Reducing Maternal Mortality through Wireless Foetal Monitoring .

Published by: Protus Murunga

Maternal death is the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management, but not from occidental or accidental causes (WHO,2015). Similarly, according to the government of Kenya paper named Maternal and Child Health: Kenya (2015), maternal mobility and mortality relate to illness or death occurring during pregnancy or childbirth, or within two weeks after pregnancy termination or childbirth.

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A Much Needed Kenyan Information Hub; Niko-Na-Msee

By: Wanjiru Lenana, Stella Kimani, Brenda Mwangi, and Denver Ochieng

Donald Miller once said, “in the age of information, ignorance is a choice.” Looking at the Kenyan society, this couldn’t be more correct. Kenyan’s tend to be very lazy when looking for information, they’d rather rely on the word of other people than find information for themselves; they want the easy way out.

For that reason, we came up with an application idea that will be able to give Kenyans all the possible information that they will need when embarking on various projects; that require approval or permits/ certificates from any government institutions. The application gives instructions and guidelines for various bureaucratic services and also gives contact information for the various offices. This application gives Kenyans the easy way out; in that, all the information shall be all under one roof.

We’ve all been in situations where we have asked ourselves, “where do I start, and What do I need?” Whether it’s importing a car, building a house, or starting a business, we almost always turn to people that have done it before for information.  Sometimes this results in problems because; the person one may look to for information, may have skipped a step or two in the process hence gives instructions to a flawed process.

Our application is called, niko-na-msee.  The name of the application is a sheng (a mix of Swahili and English) phrase meaning “I have a guy.” This application will give a step by step account of “how-to” to do various projects that require the government’s approval and permits. It even goes further, and gives contacts to the relevant people and offices/departments.

Niko Na Msee Home Page

Although Kenya has already made efforts to integrate digital technology in provision of  government services through platforms such as Huduma Kenya and e-citizen, Kenyans still are not as active as may have expected. This is due to poor sensitization within the public and sometimes insufficiencies in regard to the infrastructure provided for this function.  These government service websites sometimes faces issues with handling a big capacity of users and different functions tend to be more difficult for common folk to navigate through.

Government service functions are normally devolved and as such citizens have to use different platforms for different services and each service has different varying levels of difficulty in regard to user friendliness. The Niko Na Msee app seeks to close all these gaps by not only playing an information provisionary role but also being the link to all these other devolved government service  platforms.

 The app gives guidelines and a step by step breakdown of how to go about issues such as licence renewal, certification, approvals and government regulation services in general. Once a user logs on to our app, the user inquires on an issue which he/she would like to get information on and as a result gets a step by step breakdown of what is required for a user to go about the governance and regulation process.The user will also get contacts to the relevant institutions and a possible time limit to which a task can be completed.

Seeing as these services are far and wide between different ministries and governing bodies, we shall first tackle the common services which citizens find hard to complete. To ascertain the main government services which Kenyans find difficult to complete, a research will be carried out.

This app not only seeks to ease the strenuous process accessing and using governance service platforms, but is also aimed at bettering the lives of Kenyans and helping in the fight against corruption. Seeing as middlemen and general inefficiencies in regards to dispensing government services is one of the major motivating factor for Kenyans to engage in corrupt dealings the app effectively cuts off the middlemen. This also adds to the depth of the innovation wave currently happening in Kenya and ultimately will help employ talented youth who would have otherwise have never been given such an opportunity.

LISHA NAFSI HEALTH APP: Improving Kenyans health with localized nutrition App

BY Sharon Macharia, Michelle Siro,  Angela Maina &Catherine Maina   

 

One’s health is the source of their wealth. So many times this statement has been echoed, but unfortunately it only rings in our heads when we are down and out or in a hospital bed. Even with the rise of awareness that a persons diets is a major determinant of whether they get sick or not, not enough people put in the necessary effort to eat a clean healthy diet. In Kenya, 27% of deaths among people aged 30 to 70 are caused by the various cancers, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and heart ailments. These are all non-communicable diseases (NCD), mostly caused by poor diet and lifestyle. A great health App that will enable consumers to be fully aware of what they put in their bodies, is ideal for such individuals. Those also who are at a high risk of getting a NCD are also the target of this application. individual’s who want to continue leading healthier lifestyles can also take advantage of this App because it gives a great simplified breakdown of ingredients in products and what is good or bad for you to consume.

The phrase ‘when you know better, you do better’ is not always practical. One may know that they need to eat healthier foods but still gravitate towards what they know and is not healthy. In the day and age of technology where we have information in the palm of our hands, people have become more empowered than ever to take control of their lifestyles and even health. There are Apps that help with work outs, showing nutrient levels in foods and such applications may be the start to helping people take control of their health.

All products in the Kenyan market must pass a standard of quality test by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) even with this standardizing body in place counterfeit products still make it to the market and also various ingredients which have yet to be banned by the board and been proven to be bad for one’s health and banned in other countries. The system, like any other, is not perfect. This poses the problem of consuming products assuming they are good, but not knowing the actual implications of what is inside the product. The App we have proposed intends to give a variety of information with the intention of making the Kenyan consumers aware of what products they consume contain, indicate if the food or product is acceptable for people with different ailments especially Non Communicable Diseases and even allergies.


This App intends to inform the Kenyan consumer of most of the products that are found locally. Just with a simple search or scan (on the ingredient section) of a product be it a jar of jam or a packet of flour the App will give you information of the product, probable allergens and also what may be harmful in the product or not advisable for a person with a certain health condition. This App will bring awareness to the consumers who wants to be healthy and wants to know what they consume in their products so as to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Say ‘Elo’ To Kenya’s Solution To Tourist Communication

Published by: Givens Kachero (638161) | Winnie Booker (652857) | Hussein Jiva (628978) | Lewis Ochieng (652838)

Kenya is a hotbed of culture, attractions and innovation – a reputation the nation has earned for its various exploits, achievements and contributions. And among the key sectors that have contributed to the country’s burgeoning success stories is the tourism sector.

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