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Our second year student of Master’s degree in Life Sciences, majoring in Health Biomedical Sciences at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) Ms. Grantina Modern Andrew under the supervision of Dr. Elingarami Sauli Nkya, has just won a competitive research grant amounting to 20,000USD from a proposal submitted to Nestle Foundation http://www.nestlefoundation.org/e/research.htm

This grant will help her accomplish research on causal relationship between Environmental Enteric Dysfunction (EED) and growth failure (stunting) in children from the Rukwa region.

Despite the fact that Rukwa region is among the big four regions in terms of food productivity in Tanzania, it has highest prevalence (56%) of stunting in the country. So, this study seeks to solve this paradox, by studying the causal relationship between stunting and EED, as another possible cause of stunting in the region, apart from the commonly known food insecurity.

Did you know that around 1.35 million people die annually due to road accidents? Students of MSc. In Embedded and Mobile Systems sponsored by Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology has an innovative idea to solve this problem!

Three students of Embedded and Mobile Systems, sponsored by Centre of Excellence of ICT in East Africa at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) Mr. Juvenarlys Knamis, Ms. Ange Josiane Uwayisenga, and Ms. Josephine Mbandi supervised by Dr. Michael Kisangiri, a faculty member of the NM-AIST, formed a team with GIZ experts from Tanzania, Kenya and Morocco to submit an innovative solution for road safety to the GIZ Innovation Fund 2020. The innovation scored the 1 st place in the Community Voting platform among almost 100 submitted ideas. As a result, 20,000 Euro has been provided to the team for further development and testing of their innovation before it is pitched to the GIZ Management Board in December this year.

This Drowsiness Detector uses an Artificial Intelligence based technology to determine whether the driver is sleepy or drunk even before it comes to dangerous steering behavior. The technology encompasses an Infrared Camera that scans the driver’s increase in head motion.

Infrared technology provides functionality for detection in case of a driver wearing glasses and during night, which are some of the situations when most road accidents occur.

The detector will be placed in public service vehicles and not only send signals to the driver and the passengers in the vehicle, but also alert the school, public transportation authority or company. The aim is to develop an inclusive low-cost gadget to serve the community and avoid as many road accidents as possible.

The team has been directly admitted to the Accelerator and will receive professional coaching and a budget of EUR 20,000 to develop and test the idea further. Finally, it will be pitched to the.

The representative of the European-Africa-Caribbean -Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP), Dr. James attended the ceremony and signed the MoU virtually. Under this agreement, NM-AIST will provide expertise and laboratory facilities to add value to Horticulture sector in Tanzania. Specifically, NM-AIST will conduct critical researches, train small holder farmers and use its modern laboratory to enhance the value chain of horticultural products.

For the second time, The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST participated in the National Competition of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mashindano ya Kitaifa ya Sayansi, Teknolojia na Ubunifu, MAKISATU) competitions organised by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Tanzania.

It’s incredible that in the category of Higher Learning Institutions, The NM-AIST scored all the three positions. The 1st award went to Ms. Cecilia China. Her innovation on technology of using organic compounds from local plants for processing leather and was given TZS 5,000,000.

Ms. Winisia Makirita, a first runner up in the category of HLIs showcasing her Innovation during MAKISATU event from June 16-19, 2020
Ms. Christina Charles, a second runner up of MAKISATU awards in the category of HLIs showcasing her innovation during the MAKISATU event














The 2nd award went to Ms. Winisia Makirita, she was recognised for her Bio Pesticide formulation for management of all armyworm and other Lepidoptera pest of maize plants, The two winners are PhD candidates in the School of Life Sciences and Bio Engineering (LiSBE) specializing in Bio Diversity and Ecosystem Management.

The 3rd Award went to Ms. Christina Charles in same school, specializing in Food and Nutritional Sciences. Ms. Christina was recognised for her innovation of a nutritional Supplement called Omega -3DHA Super food that promotes brain development to a mother and a child.

This year more than 400 innovators participated in MAKISATU, from various sectors including Higher Learning, Informal sector, intermediate colleges, Research and Development Institutions.

Mhadhiri kutoka Chuo Kikuu cha Sayansi na Teknolojia cha Nelson Mandela, Arusha, Daktari Dina Machuve, amefanikiwa kupata ufadhili wa Dola 50,000 fedha za kimarekani kwa ajili ya kukamilisha mfumo unaotumia tekinolojia ya akilibandia (Artificial Intelligency) kutambua dalili za awali za magonjwa yanayo athiri kuku mara kwa mara. Magonjwa hayo ni pamoja na kideri na homa ya matumbo(typhoid).

Fedha hizo alizipata Dkt Machuve baada ya kuibuka mmojawapo wa washindi 20 walioshindanishwa kutoka nchi 14 zinazoendelea ikiwemo, Tanzania, Ghana, Sir-Lanka, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Benin, Bolivia, Kenya, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Nepal, Madagascar, Ethiopia na Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya watu wa Laos. Mashindano hayo huendeshwa na shirika la kuinua vipaji vya wanasayansi wanawake katika nchi zinazoendelea yaani “Organisation for Women in Science for developing World (OWSD). Shirika hilo hupitia na kujiridhisha viwango vya ubunifu kiteknolojia na kisayansi pamoja na uwezo wa wanawake wa kutumia teknolojia katika kutatua changamoto zinazoikabili jamii ya nchi zinazoendelea. Fedha hizi za tafiti zitamwezesha Daktari Dina Machuve kufikia malengo ya kukamilisha utengenezaji wa mfumo huo hadi kuufikisha kwa wafugaji, maafisa ugani pamoja na wadau wa sekta ya ufugaji kuku nchini.

”Nilipoanza utafiti huu, ilinibidi nivae viatu vya wafugaji, kwa hiyo nilianza kufuga kuku mwenyewe lengo likiwa kuhakikisha kuwa ninajifunza na kuelewa changamoto mbalimbali wanazokumbana nazo wafugaji na kuutumia mfumo huo kuona kama utatatua changamoto husika katika mradi wangu kuanza. Hatua hiii ilibadilisha mtazamo wangujuu ya ufugaji na kuniwezesha kujua undani wa tatizo na teknolojia inyoweza kutatua changamoto za wafugaji pamoja na namna sahihi ya kufanya kazi na wafugaji” alieleza Daktari Dina Machuve.

Mkulima anapokuwa na mfumo huo kwenye simu yake (Mobile App), atatakiwa kupiga picha ya kinyesi cha kuku, baada ya hapo mfumo huo utatoa taarifa kama kuku huyoana ugonjwa kati ya magonjwa matatu au la. Hii ni njia ya kisasa rahisi na ya muda mfupi sana ambayo itarahisisha ugunduzi wa ugonjwa mapema sana akabla kuku hawajaathirika kuliko mifumo inayotumika kwa sasa ambayo inahusisha kuchukuliwa na kupeleka sampuli maabara kwa ajili ya vipimo shughuli ambayo hutumia takribani wiki moja. Sambamba na zoezi hilo kuchukuwa muda mrefu, pia linakuwa ghali kwa kuwa huhusisha kumlipa daktari wa mifungo pamoja na kulipia vipimo.

”Hakika ninaona kwamba mfumo huu utakapo malizika utawasaidia jamii ya wafugaji pamoja na maafisa ugani katika kuepukana na hasara wanayopata kutokana na magonjwa hayo, wataweza kufanya ufugaji wenye tija hivyo kujiongezea kipato na kipato cha taifa hasa wakati huu ambapo tunaelekea uchumi wa kati wenye kutegemea viwanda” aliongeza Daktari Dina Machuve.

Ufadhili huo wa dola 50,000 fedha za kimarekani utatumika kumalizia matengenezo ya mfumo pamoja na kuwanufaisha wafugaji katika mikoa ya Arusha, Manyara na Kilimanjaro kama hatua ya kwanza ya mradi. Mfumo unaweza kutumika Tanzania, Afrika Mashariki na hata nje ya mipaka ya Afrika Mashariki kwa kuwa maeneo mengi yana changamoto ya magonjwa yaliyokuwa yakikusudiwa kutambuliwa.

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