CFI Endorses Uganda’s Renewable Energy Plans

James Baanabe, Uganda’s Commissioner of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Department in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development

Health technology company, this site Royal Philips has Thursday announced the upcoming release of a Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor, what is ed aimed to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia in low-resource countries.

The automated breathing rate monitor will potentially prevent many of the 935, adiposity 000 childhood deaths caused by pneumonia each year.

According to Royal Philips, the children’s monitor has the potential to assist community health workers in establishing a more accurate measurement of a sick child’s breathing rate to help improve the diagnosis of pneumonia.

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Reports say each year, pneumonia kills more children than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, and remains the leading infectious cause of death among children under-five, killing nearly 2,500 children a day, with most victims under two years of age.

Specialists say one important aspect in diagnosing pneumonia is monitoring a child’s breathing rate.

In many emerging markets, community health workers manually count through visual inspection, how many breathsa child takes in the span of one minute.

But achieving an accurate count can be difficult, as shallow breaths are hard to detect, children often move around and there may be distractions and other checks to perform.

The Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor converts chest movements detected by accelerometers into an accurate breathing count, using specially developed algorithms.

The monitor not only provides quantitative feedback, but also qualitative feedback to the healthcare provider based on the World Health Organization’s Integrated Management of Childhood Illness guidelines to diagnose fast breathing rates, which is one of the key vital signs to diagnosing pneumonia.

Accurate diagnosis of breathing counts would support health workers in administering the antibiotics that children with pneumonia need, potentially preventing many of the deaths caused by pneumonia each year.

Additionally, accurate diagnosis could help rationalize the use of antibiotics, by potentially reducing unnecessary costs and antibiotics overuse rates, which contributes to the rise of drug-resistant diseases.

“The Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor will be a game changer in diagnosing and treating pneumonia,” said Salim Sadruddin, Senior Child Health Advisor at NGO, Save the Children.

“If we can remove the subjectivity associated with health workers counting breaths, we can improve the quality of treatment and help improve patient outcomes,” she added.

“As a leading health technology company, Philips’ vision is to improve people’s lives through meaningful innovation,” said JJ van Dongen, CEO Philips Africa.

“Today, the population growth is highest in emerging markets like Africa and South East Asia, and innovation can help drive sustainable solutions that bridge the divide between the privileged and lesser privileged sections of society to improve the quality of life at all levels,“ he added.

The development of the Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor has been a result of collaboration between the Philips Africa Innovation Hub located in Nairobi, Kenya, the Philips Research team in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and the Philips Innovation Campus in Bangalore, India.

The Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor is pending CE-marking and is expected to become commercially available from the second quarter of 2016.
Uganda and the Climate Investment Funds (CFI) are Thursday celebrating the endorsement of the country’s renewable energy investment plans under the CIF’S dedicated fund for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP).

SREP funding of $50 million will help advance geothermal exploration, price solar photovoltaic net metering, the building of mini-grids and the development of wind power in the east African country.

Uganda is placing energy at the forefront of its social economic development.

“With a population of 35 million, more than 29 million people in Uganda do not have access to electricity,” says SREP senior program coordinator Zhihong Zhang.

The SREP funding endorsed today, he says, “will help tackle this challenge by supporting Uganda in developing indigenous renewable energy resources and will offer opportunities for development even in remote areas of the country.”

“Aside from hydropower, geothermal, solar power and wind all offer lots of potential for Uganda,” he added.

“Ugandans have the potential to change the energy sector in the country and attract investment from other sources in the long-run.”

According to James Baanabe, Uganda’s Commissioner of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Department in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development energy is the driver of social economic development.

“Adequate and reliable renewable energy is vital to our vision of becoming a prosperous country within 30 years,” Baanabe said.

“Uganda is blessed with a number of renewable energy sources.  SREP will contribute to the development of our renewable energy for the social and economic development of our country.” he added.


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