The IEEE SIGHT Uganda Section project that aims at reducing maternal and child mortality rates in the district.

Engineers play a fundamental role in facilitating proper functioning of the modern society. They deliver various development contributions to key sectors that keep society well established and running.


A Brief Dive into the History of Engineers

Preparations to install the solar panels

Since time immemorial, engineering contributes indispensably to sectors such as education, health, infrastructure, key utilities and many other sectors of development. For example, plays an essential role in the construction and furnishing of facilities such as health units. These units deliver health services for the much needed treatment to ill patients in society. This is also evident in learning institutions that deliver education services. Schooling promotes the sharing of information which improves civilization of humanity.


Engineers’ Service to Humanity

In its service towards humanity, the engineering team at IEEE Uganda section undertakes the responsibility of developing and implementing projects. Through the Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology, the engineers give back to society with their skills.  The main aim is to address real-life challenges that affect communities that they live and work in. In effect, it enables them to leverage technologies to better the livelihoods of communities. Subsequently, these communities appreciate the existence and roles of engineers as key solution providers to society.

“There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.” – Bill Nye – (Blockquote)

Let us Brainstorm!

A view of the hospital and the volunteers putting up the solar panels

The ongoing SIGHT project for 2019 is titled Installation of Solar System (PV) at Mukujju Sub-county, Health center IV Tororo District, Uganda. This project aims at reducing maternal and child mortality rates in the district. The IEEE SIGHT Uganda members made several trips to the site. The volunteers did a survey in the first place. They facilitated talks with the team at the hospital to enable them undertake the project. The medical officer in charge of the health center, Dr. Onyango Jagire, together with his team are always welcoming to the SIGHT team. The hospital team and the volunteers met from time to time to discuss this project.

Time to Implement!

The work involved the different premises of the facility and led to meaningful ideas. On average, the sessions took 6-12 hours a day. Thereafter, the teams would agree on when to meet next. In due time, the ideas were brought to light. This project received support and funding from IEEE SIGHT. The award is valued at $10,000.

The IEEE Uganda SIGHT participants

“As a result of this project, the volunteers have contributed immensely towards the reduction of maternal and child mortality rates. In addition, we hope to reduce maternal and child related injuries. Consequently, this will lead to an improvement in the maternal and child health and well-being in Mukujju sub-county, Tororo District, Uganda.” – Andrew Tebuseke, IEEE Uganda SIGHT member.