Food for conversation at Health Public

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The Bihar Innovation Lab , in association with Center for Knowledge Societies  and the Ananya PartnerProgram  , introduces its first time unique edition of the Design Public Conclave called Health! Public, which is to be held on 22nd August ‘14 at the Vihara Campus, New Delhi.

The Health Public Conclave hopes to bring together thought leaders from the sectors of Public Health, Medicine, Government (Policy and Implementation), Developmental Investment, Media, Design Labs, Start-ups and Technology among others to spark an informed, practical and earnest dialogue on how best to ensure holistic healthcare and well being of mothers and their children at the ante/post-natal stage.

The Bihar Innovation Lab is a first-of-its-kind user-centered and systems design thinking has been formed with the vision to address the need to ‘design’ health services and specific key components of their delivery. These components range from new products, tools and technologies, protocols, communications strategies, new services and service delivery mechanisms, and new systems for reaching out to patients, with a laser intention and purpose towards improving the health of mothers and their children. Among the Lab’s seminal pieces of work is a wide-ranging ethnographic study focused on identifying the critical junctures in the 1000-day window from the conception of a woman’s pregnancy to her child turning two years of age, that have the maximum and most direct impact on the health and well being of the mother and the child and within those junctures, prioritize those that are critical to the challenge of saving more lives, and where design intervention can lead to radical improvement in health outcomes

Over the past 6 weeks, a dedicated team of Lab ethnographers,designers and public health experts have been collecting and analyzing field data, on the critical 1000 day window in maternal and child health; from the start of a woman’s pregnancy until her child’s 2nd birthday, from different regions in Bihar.

Health Public is a platform for BIL to organize and present field data and health innovation solution concepts that spark dialogue, innovation thinking, collaborative solutioneering, and live partnership building among key discussants for high-potential, and outcome-based health innovation dialogue. BIL has identified a series of eight broad innovation opportunity areas, critical to the challenge of saving more lives. These are areas in need of design intervention that can radically improve the healthcare processes for mothers and their children.

Initial concept directions range from the design tangibles such as health profiling tools and patient tailored care plans, action tools and checklists for front line health workers, support aids for kangaroo care,breastfeeding, infant body temperature management, neo-natal respiration, low cost diagnostics for mother and child vitals, to intangibles like protocols, services and structures for nutrition security; home and community based health ecosystems, evidence based decision making and planning dashboards for system stakeholders,strategic communication targeting and messaging and innovative accountability and performance structures for front line workers.

The Health Public conclave aims to be highly outcome oriented and will host a series of solutioneering breakout sessions occurring simultaneously. There will also be crisp panel debates, showcasing of solutions to drive forth real time prototyping, piloting and creating impact.

This is an open event. Kindly feel free to participate, contribute and take a lead in discussions that will be the building blocks of change in rural health!

To explore participation and collaboration opportunities at the Health Public Conclave, please write to Priyanka Dubey, Program Operations Officer ( To register please write to Diwakar Rastogi, Outreach Officer (

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