- Neo Hutiri became the 1st South African to win the prestigious Africa Prize at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s annual event
- Hutiri and his team created an innovative invention called Pelebox
- Pelebox speeds up the process of dispensing medication and is cutting down waiting times in public healthcare facilities from hours down to less than a minute
Neo Hutiri has put Mzansi on the map at the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Hutiri became the first South African to win the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation at this year’s event in Uganda.
The event, started by the Royal Academy in the UK, is Africa’s biggest prize with a focus on innovation in engineering.
Hutiri and his team created a brilliant invention called Pelebox.
Pelebox dramatically speeds up the time to dispense medication by using a sophisticated locker system.
Healthcare staff load medication in the lockers and track them.
Patients are then sent a one-time pin via sms, which they use to then access the medication from the locker.
The invention has already been utilised in certain healthcare facilities and is cutting waiting times down from hours down to seconds.
Good Things Guy reported that Hutiri won £25,000 (463,000 ZAR) for his remarkable invention.
One of the judges at the event, John Lazar said, “Hutiri is a deserving winner. Pelebox will improve healthcare for everyone using and working in a severely strained public healthcare system.”
As Pelebox was initially shortlisted, the team received eight months of training and support.
Briefly.co.za understands that the Africa Prize was launched in 2014, with a view to stimulating and rewarding engineers who develop solutions for the benefit of Africans.
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