Health & Fitness

Video: Makerere girls design vagina app as female condom comes  


Makerere university students have invented a test kit connected to a smartphone app that can detect harmful vaginal bacteria that cause bacterial vaginosis.

In a YouTube video, the team which introduces itself as “Team Code Gurus”.

Members of the team include; Jacqueline Namanda, the graphics designer for the application, Esther Ndagire, the programmer, Pualine Nairuba, the team researcher and Maghi Nanyombi, the project leader.

According to the team, the test kit known as “Her Health BVKit” consists of hardware and a software application.

Nanyombi says the hardware is the actual test kit which connects to the smartphone app via Bluetooth.

“By placing a urine or vaginal discharge sample onto the kit, pH values can be sent to the application,” she explains.

She says the app then interprets whether the user has healthy or unhealthy amounts of vaginal bacteria.

“If there are unhealthy levels of bacteria present, the application recommends that the user seeks medical attention and indicates where their nearest doctor or clinic is.”

Ndagire on the other hand called upon like NGOs and other health facilities to partner with them in this initiative.

While the vagina app is yet to capture the Ugandan audience, something exciting has been announced-the panty-like female condom.

Female condom

Samasha Medical Foundation says it is yet to unveil the female condom in Uganda.

The director of Samasha Medical Foundation, Moses Muwonge, told Daily Monitor, the panty-like female condom is yet to be approved by the ministry of Health, so they can bring it to Uganda.



The panty-like condom is underwear (cotton or nylon) with a slit plus auto adhesive pocket containing one condom made of polyurethane for one time use.

Muwonge says the condom does not cause allergies, is transparent, odourless, solid, pre-lubricated.

One pair of underwear plus two condoms costs $5 [Shs18, 400] while a refill of three condoms costs $ 3.75 [Shs13, 800].

Kenneth Mugumya, the national coordinator of Uganda Family Planning Consortium, told the newspaper, the condom, which is 10 times thinner than other condoms, is anti-allergic and reduces pressure.

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