Temperature Monitoring System for Cold Chain Management

Team Members:

  • Alinafe Kaliwo

  • Chawezi Mhango

  • Christopher Dzuwa

  • Gabriel Phiri

  • Vincent Nowa

  • Kennedy Mkwate

Project Description

TempCras is an easy-to-use, real-time, web-based temperature monitoring to assist manager and technicians to properly monitor their cold-chain. It is comprised of remote sensors that are connected to the cloud server and the online web-based software system that can be accessed from any computer and smartphone that is connected to the internet. The system has also an attribute of sending alert sms messages to pre-determined phone numbers of managers whenever temperature of the asset in their cold-chain goes beyond the maximum limit of the required levels. The system interface is designed so as to give optimum amount of current information of the cold-chain. The readings are color-coded to show normal temperatures (green), marginal temperatures (yellow) and high temperatures (red). The system is able to produce reports (daily and monthly) and graphs of temperature readings recorded by the system on the assets.  

Bwenzi Lathu Fertility Awareness Mobile App

Team Members:

  • Prince Mtenthaonga

  • Qina Jere

Project Description

Bwenzi Lathu is a Fertility Awareness Mobile phone application that provides a tool to plan or prevent pregnancy and provides accurate information about family planning, antenatal care, and postpartum care. According to the 2016 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (MDHS) 30% of births in Malawi are mistimed and 11% are unwanted among the married couples. Although there has been an increase in the use of modern birth control methods, there is still an unmet need for family planning services sufficient to cover the other percent of people. Based off previous studies, by increasing the accessibility of relevant knowledge the number of unplanned or mistimed pregnancies and abortions will likely drop. Additionally, the quality of care for mothers and infants will improve through more regular appointments and understanding of danger signs The Bwenzi lathu application will be based on SMS and USSD technologies since they are available on the most basic phones. User data will be collected through the application and stored in a database. In order to determine if the app is helpful as a family planning tool or as a pregnancy companion, data will be collected from app users for a period of 6 months and analyzed. The proposed application will make it possible to offer family planning, antenatal and postnatal services through SMS and USSD services.  

General Health Profile Database Software

Team Members:

  • Peter Amos Lettas

  • Ananias Cyrus Zulu

Project Description

It is a software that will replace health passports used in our hospitals. All the information that is stored in health passports will all be in an electronic form. The patients will be issued the ID Number which they will be using during admissions and attendances at hospital. This will maximize the security over the health information of the patients. Data manipulation by patients will be eliminated and cost saving by hospitals will also be an advantage. There are so many advantages that the software will be doing. In short its a patient information generation and storage. 

Peza 

Team Members:

  • Dumisani Kaliati

  • Alfred Kankuzi

Project Description

PEZA is a social venture that aims at reducing the unemployment level in the informal sector in Malawi through providing a dedicated platform that expose and connects semi-skilled and low skilled labor personnel such as plumbers, real estate agents and electricians among other to potential clients near them via USSD and SMS mobile channel (*384*707#) which is accessed on Airtel Malawi. Users seeking to hire semi-skilled and low skilled labor personnel Dials *384*707# on any mobile phone and they can access service list and contact detail of informal labor personnel near them , they can call the personnel directly or they can opt to send an automated service request SMS to the selected personnel free of charge. Peza works on any mobile device (both smart and low feature phone), does not require installations and no internet is needed to access the services.

The informal sector contributes to about 86% of the total Malawi labor economy and yet it is sidelined when it comes to market and employment creations opportunities. Online job platforms and print media usually targets skilled professionals sidelining low and semi-skilled labor personnel, unfortunately the greatest percentage of people who make up Malawian societies fall in the category of informal labor. Due to lack of targeting exposure to market and employment opportunities this therefore results into high unemployment levels among people in the informal labor and this is the challenge Peza want to address  

Manual latrine and septic tank emptying device

Team Members:

  • Grivin Nyaka

Project Description

Pit latrines and septic tanks are the most common forms of sanitation in urban slums and unplanned settlements in developing countries. Often, little consideration is given on how to deal with these pit latrines or septic tanks once they fill up. Pit latrines and septic tanks have been adopted throughout the developing world as a means of reaching sanitation coverage targets. A growing concern surrounds how these facilities can be effectively emptied when they fill up. This becomes increasingly important in densely populated urban areas where the practice of covering a full latrine and constructing new latrines is often not possible. Furthermore, access to latrines using large vacuum tankers is difficult; if these vehicles are even available at all and are often expensive to hire.

With concern for lack of low-cost technologies for emptying pit latrines and septic tanks, a manual technique and simple pit latrine emptying technology appropriate for densely populated areas was developed. This pit latrine or septic tank emptying technology is manual hand operated pumps. It uses human power as compared to those that uses fuel and electricity. 

Accident prevention system

Team Members:

  • Marumbo Sichinga

  • Innocent Matchipisa

Project Description

Our project wishes to aid in preventing accidents by taking readings of alcohol level of a driver, heart rate and rate of blinking of a driver. this information is used to determine whether to start the car or not and to determine whether to limit the speed of the car and sound a buzzer to alert the driver. Information about the driver and vehicle are to be displayed on a web page and it incorporates sms functionality to alert relevant authorities.

Used baby diaper electric oven

Team Members:

  • Cecil Juma

Project Description

UDO (Used baby Diaper Oven) is a project concept developed to solve the challenges many families encounter to dispose used disposable diapers of their kids.The following are the main challenges that the Used Diaper Oven would like to solve:

  • Used diapers pose a health risk.

  • Used diapers are dumped on roadside (very common in our low-income townships i.e. Ndirande).

  • The use of paraffin to burn the diapers not effective. Paraffin only burn the external part of the diaper leaving out the area holding the urine and feces.

  • It is even worse to burn them during rainy seasons. It is very difficult to identify dry ground to burn them.

  • Disposable diapers hardly decompose as such landfills not effective.


Therefore used diaper oven is a machine developed to dry and burn diapers. It is being developed based on different techniques the author uses to completely get rid of used diapers without affecting the hygiene of the surrounding.

Integrated Mobile Health Measuring and Monitoring

Team Members:

  • Sanga Kanthema

Project Description

The system has designed with bionic sensors that detects the useful information from the  body and display for simple analysis. it has electrocardiogram that detect , process and display Electrocardiography (ECG) in a computer screen and display both heart rate (BPM) and temperature on LCD screen. It also include Ultrasound detection system that detect vital body organs sound or muscle movements that you can hear using headphones, it can be used like a electronic stethoscope then display phonocardiography for easy interpretation of the sound signals. in-spite that i also include body temperature sensors that check a patient or a user temperature and display on LCD screen every second.