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MAMA-OPE is a biomedical smart kit for diagnosis and continuous monitoring of pneumonia patients. It derives its name from Olivia’s (team member) grandmother who lost the battle to pneumonia in June 2014. MAMA stands for mother and OPE denotes hope. The MAMA-OPE thus symbolizes “the Mother’s hope”. The vest specifically designed for children 0 to 5 years who are most prone to the disease.

Pneumonia is a common illness that affects millions of people each year. Germs called bacteria, viruses, and fungi may cause pneumonia. In adults, bacteria are the most common cause of pneumonia.Pneumonia is usually diagnosed by looking at the patient’s symptoms and patient past records.

It is normally misdiagnosed with malaria, asthma and tuberculosis. These diseases have many signs in common and there is need to clearly differentiate them. Lack of a clear differentiation between viral and bacterial pneumonia during diagnosis leads to wrong administration of drugs especially antibiotics which creates resistance. Research also has it that most lives are lost when the disease is under-estimated i.e. when its severity is not known.