Improving Access to Effective Phototherapy

Photo-Kabada is a Hybrid Remotely monitored phototherapy machine that is able to monitor and treat multiple babies with Jaundice simultaneously.

About Us ..

Photo-Kabada is a Hybrid Remotely monitored phototherapy machine that is able to monitor and treat multiple babies with Jaundice simultaneously. Based on statistics, in low-resource settings of African health systems it's been found that most babies who are treated for jaundice end up not receiving the required therapy that is needed to treat the child fully. This is mainly attributed to the scarcity of phototherapy equipment within low resource settings and with the few available having to be shared which opens up a clear path of infection to babies. Moreover, the cost of accessing one phototherapy equipment is too high as well

Our Core Values

Photo-Kabada’s core values form the base and foundation in which services are delivered, the way our staff members interact with each other and partners. The core values support our mission, shape the culture and reflect what we stand for.

Integrity & Teamwork


Innovation & Ingenuity

Transparency & Accountability

Our Journey So Far ..

Birthed at the 6th Annual CAMTech hackathon in August 2018, Photo-Kabada was created as a solution to reduce the burden, morbidity, and mortality associated with neonatal jaundice especially in low and middle-income countries given the existing challenges of affordability and access to effective phototherapy. In the next couple of months. We're headed for clinical trials!!

  • Our Vision: To be the leading innovator of context-specific medical technologies for newborn and child health by 2030.
  • Our Mission: To reduce the morbidity and mortality of neonates from jaundice in low and middle-income countries by designing and developing a hybrid and affordable photo-therapy machine
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Project birthed at the 2018 hackathon



$7,000 grant from CAMtech Uganda


Prototype 2

$20,000 Vilgro Africa Grant and user feedback



$12,000 UNICEF grant. Made 2 machines


Clinical Trials

Pre large scale production clnical trials


Our incredible team of amazing individuals

Kumbakumba Elias


Moses Ochora


Sheebah Niwensiima


Violah Nahurira


Our Partners

We would not be where we are without these our amazing partners

Photokabada Features

What makes the photo-kabada unique? Glad you asked.

Hybrid Power

The photo-kabada boasts of a hybrid power system comprised of battery rechargeale by solar and hydro electricity. This lets the device to be used for up to four days on the single recharge. This feature is especially usefull in areas are plagued by power blackouts and(or) unreliable power.

Multiple simultaneous treatments

With our modular approach, the Photokabada is able to treat up to three babies simultaneously while independently. Each of these babies can have their own phototherapy mode without interfering each other

Low Cost

The photo-kabada is built with locally sourced material and assembled locally, drastically reducing its cost for low cost facilities.

Remote Monitoring

The Photokabada ecosystem provides a secure online dahsboard where engineers, doctors and administrators alike are able to view patient vitals such as Spo2, heart rate and temperature with the hope to keep more babies alive..

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Jaundice

Neonatal jaundice is the yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes of a newborn baby due to high levels of a yellow pigment in blood called bilirubin. Bilirubin is a by-product following breakdown of red blood cells. In newborn babies, the red blood cells are broken down at a rate faster than they can be eliminated by the body. Common causes include.

  1. Blood group and rhesus incompatibility
  2. Prematurity
  3. Sepsis
  4. Hereditary problems of bilirubin conjugation
  5. Inborn-structural liver problems
How affordable is phototherapy?

Neonatal jaundice is costly to treat because of 1) high cost of the phototherapy machines 2) Need for electricity to run the machines 3) Need for health workers to monitor the babies and treat other co-current illnesses 4) Cost of laboratory tests. All these speak towards a need for a more affordable way to treat jaundice

What risks does jaundice pose?

If neonatal jaundice is not treated, the yellow pigment called bilirubin crosses to the brain and permanently causes damage to brain structures called basal ganglia. This causes several brain complications like: hearing loss, abnormal body movements, delayed growth and development, cerebral palsy, among others. Health workers will technically refer to the long term complications of poorly treated jaundice as kernicterus..

How do I get a Photokabada?

Currently, you can Photo-Kabada by ordering directly from us using the contacts on this website. We are working a way of ensuring that you get it from your nearby medical device distributor.

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