Absa Bank-Uganda donates 4 EpiTents to Uganda’s Ministry of Health in Efforts towards fighting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic in Uganda
On Tuesday April 28, 2020, Absa Bank Uganda donated 4 Epi Tents (Portable Hospital Units for patient treatment and isolation) to the Ministry of Health- Uganda worth Uganda Shillings 100 Million only. The donation was received by the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Diana Atwine. The Epi Tent is an Innovation of Makerere University Resilient Africa Network . Makerere University was represented by Prof William Bazeyo, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor In-Charge of Finance and Administration and Chief of Party at ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) at the handover of the donation. Thank you Absa Bank Uganda for supporting home grown and manufactured Innovations/Solutions. The Ministry of Heath-Uganda Permanent Secretary promised to support Resilient Africa Network in marketing the Epi Tents. All these efforts are towards the ongoing fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
About the Epi Tent
EpiTent is an innovation of Makerere University and was a prize winning and ground-breaking tent originally designed for the Ebola Grand Challenge of 2015. EpiTent is a portable habitation solution for humanitarian emergencies. It is Humane Emergency Use Canopies and Accessories. EpiTent is the result of a call for proposals to improve the lives of caregivers during the West African Ebola outbreak of 2014. One major setback to current tents in use in Africa today is the heat. EpiTent solves this problem by passively lowering the temperature by over ten degrees Celsius more than any other product on the market today. EpiTent cuts down on the humidity by over ninety-five percent which greatly contributes to the temperature reduction. EpiTent cuts down on the humidity by over ninety-five percent which greatly contributes to the temperature reduction. Additionally, the general design of the tent allows people inside greater interaction with the external environment while keeping out negative aspects like bad weather and airborne pests such as mosquitoes. The design was tested and was found to protect the Health care workers and Patients from contamination and transmission of diseases while in admission.
Details about the EpiTent are shared on http://www.ranlab.org/expanding-the-manufacturing-of-the-next-generation-tent-to-provide-treatment-and-isolation-units-for-covid-19.