The University Rector, Dr. Ahmed Kaweesa Ssengendo, said ISESCO decided to fund the production of the dispensers considering their importance for distribution to selected public places including all IUIU campuses, hospitals, and public schools.
Students under the Research
and Innovations laboratory of Islamic University in Uganda-IUIU have received a
boost of US$ 20,000 (approximately Shillings 76million) from the Islamic
Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization-ISESCO to increase the production
of hands-free water dispensers.
The students developed
the automatic water dispenser to promote hand washing as part of the preventive
measures against the Covid19 pandemic. Innocent Matsiko, a member of the
innovative team notes that despite developing prototype, they had failed to
push forward their innovation due to funding challenges.
“Producing one unit
can cost up to around Shillings 120,000. So, we were able to produce a few
units yet we wanted our innovation to have an impact in the communities. But
with the funding we will be able to produce more and also look at how best we
can improve on the innovation,” said Matsiko.
The University Rector,
Dr. Ahmed Kaweesa Ssengendo, said ISESCO decided to fund the production of the
dispensers considering their importance for distribution to selected public
places including all IUIU campuses, hospitals, and public schools.
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According to Dr.
Ssengendo, with the current funding they intend to produce at least 100 units. The
dispenser is fitted with motion sensor technology, water container and power
source. It discharges water immediately when one moves their hands closer to
The innovation rotates
around the idea of minimizing contact with potentially contaminated surfaces. Matsiko
observes that besides, being used as a hands-free hand washing machine, the
unit can as well be used for dispensing drinking water.
Derrick Mugerwa, a
research associate, says after securing a grant they are now focusing on
reducing the production cost.
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Other IUIU students are also working on other innovations including face shields
and sanitizers. Although their face shields are yet to be assessed, their
sanitizers product has already passed the National Drug Authority quality