hrough his company Technology for Tomorrow, also known as T4T, Prof. Musaazi began producing the pads in 2006. The technology expert has had a huge impact in Uganda and world over.
Dr. Moses Kizza Musaazi, founder of MakaPads, founder and MD Technology for Tomorrow Ltd (T4T)
Prof. Moses Kizza Musaazi is dead. Betty Kyakuwa, the Communication Officer in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology– CEDAT at Makerere University confirmed the development in a staff web mail shared this afternoon.
"Dr. Musaazi will be remembered for among other things his Makapads innovation which has helped the rural girls stay in school during menstruation," Kyakuwa said in her communication to staff. The late Prof. Musaazi succumbed to lung cancer this Tuesday morning.
He has been a senior lecturer in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Makerere University. In 2003, Dr. Musaazi invented MakaPads following surveys showing that girls would skip school during their menstrual cycle because of stigma.
This, according to Makerere University Website, was part of a research project aimed at relieving the burden poor girl face to access sanitary pads. Prof. Musaazi's goal was to create inexpensive, biodegradable pads for schoolgirls who miss class during menstruation because they couldn't afford buying sanitary pads.
The MakaPads are made from papyrus and paper waste, which they had observed were chemical-free. Through his company Technology for Tomorrow, also known as T4T, Prof. Musaazi began producing the pads in 2006. The technology expert has had a huge impact in Uganda and world over.
In 2015, for instance, MakaPads signed a contract with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – UNHCR to produce pads in Kyaka II refugee settlement for free distribution to women and girls there.
While at CEDAT, Prof. Musaazi also designed and manufactured solid waste incinerators that turn waste into ash, produce steam for electricity and sterile water. He together with his team manufactured hybrid stoves in which food is cooked and water pasteurized at the same time.
By the time of his death, Prof. Musaazi had received several awards for his numerous inventions including the Presidential Support to Scientists ($350,000), the Makerere University Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence & Innovation ($20,000), among others.