By Namugerwa Martha


The Ugandan woman innovator by names of Philippa Ngaju Makabore wins big in the sixth edition of the coveted Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) which where slated on Monday in Accra, Ghana.

Out of the total of over 2500 applications, 10 nominees were selected, where Aly El-Shafei of Egypt emerged as the Grand Prize winner, with Makobore landing the Second Prize, and Dougbeh-Chris Nyan of Liberia winning the Special Prize for Social Impact.

Each one of the seven remaining nominees also went home with US$ 5 000 voucher to be used to further develop their innovations.

Makobore who won the second prize of US$25000 which is equivalent to Shs 89.9 million because of her innovation, Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF) which she designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.

Inadequate medical solutions to efficiently administer drugs or to diagnose diseases continue to affect the quality of healthcare delivery in many parts of the Africa killing many children.

It is easy to operate and has key safety features, which include alarms for rate of infusion (rapid or slow), total volume (over or under) and faulty sensors. A battery utilizing a hybrid (AC mains and solar) charging bed powers the device. IV infusions are critical for both adults and children in various situations. Over 10% of children admitted to East African hospitals need immediate infusion therapy.

Speaking at the Awards ceremony, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, commented, “As Ghana marks 60 years of independence, there is no opportune time than now to reiterate our nation’s commitment towards investing in innovation-led growth and prosperity. Our decision to partner with the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) to host the 2017 edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa is a result of our commitment to support African innovation not just at a national but at a Pan-African level.”