A team from ESUT-SIGHT and other volunteers distributing locally alcohol-based hand sanitizer to some communities in Enugu State. The project was sponsored by, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee. Our volunteers have been busy during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Development of a USSD-based Platform for Tracking and Reporting COVID-19 in Nigerian Rural Areas.
In the year 2022, a group of IEEE volunteers from Enugu State University of Science and Technology led by Godwin Ozor developed a tracking and reporting platform for rural areas that rely on 2G phone networks for reliable reporting utilizing USSD. The code *347*511# was configured and interfaced with the website https://www.ruralsavelife.com/. The rural people were educated on the COVID-19 symptoms and how to report them using the code. The software was created and delivered to Enugu State’s Ministry of Health. The backend or dashboard was taught to the employees.COVID-19 reporting platforms are used by 9 rural communities in Enugu State. Over 585 people, including 5 health professionals, were trained on the developed USSD project so that they might train others.
CONSTRUCTION OF SOLAR POWERED AUTOMATED EGG INCUBATOR FOR RURAL WOMEN
The construction of a solar powered automated egg incubator for rural women in Enugu Ameke and Ovuja has been completed and was sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The project aimed to improve the economic activity of peasant livestock producers in these rural locations by training women to breed chickens for meat and egg production.
The outcome of the project was highly successful, with over 64 women trained in the use and maintenance of the equipment. Out of these 64 women, 37 were able to maintain the equipment with little or no supervision, demonstrating the effectiveness of the training provided. This not only improves the economic activity of these women, but also empowers them by giving them the skills and knowledge to take control of their own livelihoods.
The solar powered automated egg incubator is a crucial piece of equipment for chicken breeding, as it allows for the efficient and consistent hatching of eggs. This means that the women trained in its use will be able to produce more chickens, which will in turn lead to more eggs and meat for sale. This will not only provide them with a source of income, but also with a reliable source of food for their families.
The project was sponsored by the IEEE, who provided funding and technical support throughout the construction and training process. This shows the organization’s commitment to improving the lives of people in rural areas through sustainable and innovative technology.
Overall, the construction of the solar powered automated egg incubator for rural women in Enugu Ameke and Ovuja has been a great success. The training provided to the women has empowered them to take control of their own livelihoods and improve their economic activity. The support of the IEEE has been invaluable in bringing this project to fruition, and it is hoped that it will be a model for similar projects in other rural locations.