Soyapi Mumba: Medical tech designed to meet Africa's needs
Soyapi Mumba - Technology innovator
TED Fellow Soyapi Mumba creates technology solutions for low-resource environments. Full bio
software engineer out there,
companies in Silicon Valley,
follow their teams in Europe.
visiting understaffed hospitals.
to manage regular HIV treatment records
developed elsewhere has not worked,
health care challenges in Malawi.
health record system
while seeing patients.
not only had to design the software,
the infrastructure as well.
within the software
some of the workload.
to handle estimated birthdates
patients living in slums
their physical addresses.
to uniquely identify patients,
on personal health booklets
with little children on their backs,
waiting to be assisted.
by searching with their names.
and spell names varies tremendously.
versions of their names.
by how similar they sound,
developed for personal computers,
is not reliable enough
internet appliances called i-Openers
during the dot-com era
to run from rechargeable batteries.
a reliable network to transmit data,
use the system
build an information system
over 2,000 HIV patients, each clinic.
who used to spend days
from all over the world
to learn how we did it.
across the globe,
in sub-Saharan Africa,
including the infrastructure,
About the speaker:Soyapi Mumba - Technology innovator
TED Fellow Soyapi Mumba creates technology solutions for low-resource environments.
Why you should listen
As Director of Public Health Informatics at Baobab Health Trust, Soyapi Mumba oversees development of electronic health surveillance and reporting systems for public hospitals in Malawi. Previously, he led the software development of Malawi's national electronic health record system which empowers low-resourced public clinics to serve large volumes of patients while following treatment guidelines and meeting reporting requirements.
Mumba is a TED Fellow and a prize winner of "Share an Idea, Save a Life" national competition for innovations in maternal, newborn and child health. His work has been featured in the book The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa.
Mumba lives in Lilongwe, Malawi, with his wife Miriam and their twin boys. He holds a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Informatics from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Hertfordshire, England.
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