North-West University
Overview of innovation

This system provides accurate, digital, mid-upper arm measurements for screening of severe and acute malnutrition in children, as prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The system electronically captures the appropriate measurements and then proceeds to store and analyse the data using a smartphone application. Automatic alerts are sent to healthcare professionals (nurses or dieticians) if outliers in the data are observed.

This is the first device to take electronic measurements, analyse and report the data and keep digital records that are geographically tagged and generate trend-type data over time.

Innovation Opportunity Type
Human health and social work activities
Medical Devices
Human health activities
Health Technologies
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 4 – Experimental prototype developed
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