In 2014, Gitta, a Ugandan inventor, and Shafik Sekitto, a bioengineering student at Makerere University, won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood.

“Matibabu”, which means “treatment” in Swahili, clips onto a patient’s finger and doesn’t require a specialist to operate it. It has a red beam that can detect changes in the colour, shape and concentration of red blood cells – all of which are affected by malaria.

In 2017, Roperfree introduced mosquito repellent made with essential oils which is applied to the body and prevents mosquito bites. Since then, we have been continuously supported by the Ministry of Health under Malaria Program, particularly Dr Jimmy Opigo, The Uganda National Malaria Program Manager.

In 2018, a Ugandan called Joan Nalubega invented mosquito repellent soap, I know Joan personally, she is very ambitious, determined, well focused and ready to hit back malaria with her contribution using the repellent soap.

Roperfree partly mentored her to realise her dream. She was introduced to us by Justice Owere, who I was mentoring before in his innovation of ISSB bricks. Both are in training school called SINA (The Social Innovation Academy) in Mpigi, which educates former orphans, street children, refugees and other disadvantaged youth in Uganda to become job creators by learning entrepreneurship skills.

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3 Comments

Marilyn Smith · 4th November 2018 at 6:07 am

Congratulations!, I am interested in purchasing a 24 pack of your soaps depending on it’s Cost, if it sells, I would be interested in a partnership as a distributor targeting the U.S. market, or other African countries, this depends on many factors of course, I am a African American woman who is not rich but I am committed to helping the African continent in any way possible even if it means starting in a minimal way as you start off your business yourself, if this is of any interest my sister, please write back or any way I can be of assistance
Sincerely,
Marilyn

    Thomas Locke · 9th November 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Dear Marilyn,

    Thanks for your comment.

    You should be able to reach Joan Nalubega, the CEO of Uganics via LinkedIn.

    Her profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joan-nalubega-0b5a76142

    Thanks,
    Thomas

    Yusuf Kawoya -Joe · 9th November 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Marilyn Smoth,

    As Roperfree we are happy for showing interest in buying Uganic”s soap as to render support for the new enterprise which we mentored to grow.

    Please contact the following email: [email protected] for further details regarding to Joan’s new venture.

    Sincerely,

    Yusuf Kawoya Kasumba
    +1 6477101497

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