Christina Mariki is a Tanzanian ICT-expert, who started her Master’s in Embedded and Mobile Systems (EMoS) at CENIT@EA/Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in 2020. Before this, Christina had already worked for three years in a clinical research institute for malaria projects on pregnant women.
This is why, when it was time for the internship during her Master’s at CENIT@EA, she thought of the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI) in Moshi, Tanzania, right away. Now, after her internship, she can proudly point at her own innovation – a fetal heart monitoring belt for pregnant women that might go a long way in reducing the number of still births in the EAC region.
Asked, why she decided to join university, Christina stresses, “I saw a gap in my work and the methods that I used to obtain data. I applied for the Master’s to close this gap. With the knowledge of EMoS, you can create innovations to retrieve data remotely – like my belt. The studies have helped me a lot in using ICT knowledge to reach communities directly where they are.”