Heart monitoring device wins top African prize
Thursday, June 2, 2016
A portable heart diagnostic invention has won its developer — Cameroonian Arthur Zang — Africa prize for engineering innovation.
Zang was selected last week (26 May) in Tanzania among 12 entrepreneurs who have developed engineering innovations in fields such as agriculture, health and renewable energy to tackle development challenges on the continent, according to the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), organiser of the competition, now in its second year.
Cardio-Pad, Zang’s innovation, which won him the £25,000 (about US$ 36,500) prize, is a device that helps medical professionals, especially those in rural communities, diagnose heart problems and send the results through mobile phones to heart surgeons for interpretations.
Twelve finalists from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe were shortlisted from 58 applicants, the RAEng adds.