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Chair for pupils with cerebral palsy in Uganda
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science.
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

An adjustable chair was developed for children with cerebral palsy in Uganda. The chairs these children use today are custom made which means that they cannot be used when a child outgrows a chair. Sometimes the chair is used by other children and does not give the support that the child needs.

The project was executed in the capitol, Kampala, by the two design engineer students Faith Auma and Emma Lingehed in collaboration with Makerere University, Kampala school for the physically handicapped and Katalemwa Cheshire home. The goal of the project was to help pupils with cerebral palsy from a young age develop adequate sitting behaviour and become more physically independent. The chair should be able to be manufactured and assembled in Uganda and the material should be able to be found in the country.

The project started by clarifying the problem, information was collected through literature studies, study visits and interviews. The gathered information was used to create a product specification focusing on safety, environment, manufacturing and ergonomics.

All background information was used throughout the idea generation. A number of ideas were generated and evaluated until a final concept was found. The final concept, called Billy, was chosen through a concept scoring where it was evaluated against three other concepts. Billy was considered the easiest concept to manufacture in Uganda and had the simplest construction.

Billy was developed further and became the final concept Entebbe. Entebbe is a chair that is adjustable and gives the support a child with cerebral palsy needs. A prototype was made at Katalemwa Cheshire home. 

Entebbe can be manufactured in Uganda and since it is module-based it can easily be repaired and resized by simply changing the concerned parts. This also means that parts can be reused to build other chairs. Entebbe can be adjusted in five different ways and requires no tools to assemble.

Abstract [sv]

En justerbar stol utvecklades för barn med cerebral pares i Uganda. Stolarna dessa barn använder idag är specialdesignade vilket innebär att de inte kan användas när barnet växer ur stolen. Ibland används då stolen av andra barn och ger därmed inte det stöd som barnet behöver.

Projektet genomfördes i huvudstaden, Kampala, av de två designingenjörsstudenter Faith Auma och Emma Lingehed i samarbete med Makerere University, Kampala school for the physically handicapped och Katalemwa Cheshire home. Målet med projektet var att hjälpa elever med cerebral pares redan från unga år att utveckla ett korrekt sittbeteende och bli mer fysiskt oberoende. Stolen ska kunna tillverkas och monteras i Uganda och materialet ska finnas i landet.

Projektet började med att studera och klargöra problemet, information samlades in genom litteraturstudier, studiebesök och intervjuer. Den insamlade informationen användes för att skapa en kravspecifikation med fokus på säkerhet, miljö, tillverkning och ergonomi.

Bakgrundsinformationen användes under idégenereringen. Ett antal idéer genererades och utvärderades tills ett slutgiltigt koncept hittades. Det slutgiltiga konceptet, Billy, valdes genom en concept scoring där det utvärderades mot tre andra koncept. Billy ansågs vara det koncept som var enklast att tillverka i Uganda och hade den enklaste konstruktionen.

Billy vidareutvecklades och blev det slutliga konceptet Entebbe. Entebbe är en stol som är justerbar och ger det stöd ett barn med cerebral pares behöver. En prototyp tillverkades vid Katalemwa Cheshire home.

Entebbe kan tillverkas i Uganda och eftersom den är modulbaserad är den lätt att reparera och ändra storlek på genom att enkelt byta ut de berörda delarna. Detta innebär att delarna även kan återanvändas för att bygga andra stolar. Entebbe kan justeras på fem olika sätt och inga verktyg krävs för att montera ihop stolen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Chair, Uganda, Cerebral Palsy, Design
Keyword [sv]
Stol, Uganda, Cerebral pares, Design
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10067OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10067DiVA: diva2:753007
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Makerere University, Katalemwa Cheshire Home, Uganda
Subject / course
Product Design Engineering
Educational program
Product Design Engineer
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Available from: 2014-10-13 Created: 2014-10-06 Last updated: 2014-10-20Bibliographically approved

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