Improving Maternal and Child Health: Early Design Diaries from the Field

Blame it on bad-connectivity and immersions after immersions, we still haven’t updated you on what we’ve been upto at the Bihar Innovation Lab. An energetic, curious team of 8: 1 political scientist, 1 film maker, 1 service designer, 1 sociologist, 2 product designers and 1 visual communications designer, and I (director-innovation) have been in Bihar, studying 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 doing night ethnographies in labor rooms and new born care units…

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to shadowing front line healthworkers as they cross the Kosi to deliver services in hard to reach areas…

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to speaking to understaffed labor departments, to interviewing ambulance drivers to speaking to new mothers, fathers and mother-in-laws, religious leaders, and so on…

This brief post is just to say hi! and share some snapshots from our design diaries from team kisanganj #kartik guleria and #shivani saran.

Initial design thoughts on how to make families more aware of maternal danger signs…
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making tools for better birth-preparedness and readiness…

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changing perceptions around health = expensive = luxury of the rich

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designing culturally resonant gestation calculation tools…

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closely tying incentives to motivate health mobilizers for all services in the 1000 day window…

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IMG_0008Expect more details on findings, insights, and the direction of design thinking in the coming week. Till then Happy Vaishakha from Bihar!

 

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