The Bihar Innovation Lab Team has been up and about with it’s maker-mode on. The VHSND (Village Health Sanitation Nutrition Day) Redesign group, consisting of 3 designers and 2 researchers, hasÂ come up with a series of solutions which began earlier this month withÂ analysis of the problem andÂ brainstorming over the sameÂ Â There are a set of solutions, some of whose scalability has been analysed, while others are made with the intention of testing the basisÂ of the idea, to gauge response and proceed accordingly. Here are some of the solutions whose mock-ups / prototypes have already been developed for the field testing next month, while others are in progress.
1. Mobilization Tokens:
Currently, all women are given the same services irrespective of their needs / medical profile, leaving aside the vaccination that is relevant to them.Â Mobilization tokens are to categorize women according to their needs / profiles, and to define the services that the respective category of beneficiaries should be provided, and to make it easier for Front Line Health Workers as well. The tokens are of three different colours, signifying regularÂ pregnant women, high risk pregnant women and mothers with children.
Once the ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) hands the token to the beneficiary, at the end of the mobilization round the ASHA will also have a count of the three kinds of beneficiaries that are expected to come, to present to the ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife). The different coloured tokens giveÂ exclusivity to the services that are being providedÂ to different people, and defining them generates demand. While for prototypes these have been made in MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard), the final token, at scale, can be in plastic, which will be cheaper, in quantity, and most long lasting.
2. Family Planning Kit:
The problem that the team began toÂ look atÂ was how to make family planning products more visible and desirable. This family planning kit is meant to act as a mobile case for men to use after taking out the contents. Messaging on the final pieces will be strategically placed to not be publicly visible but a more subtle reminder.
3. VHSND space dividers:
The team has been making scaled down mock-ups of dividers which can be used for separating the (currently common) space at VHSND into public and private areas. These can incorporate communication and dissemination of products based on identification of need. After a to-scale prototype in Delhi, the team plans to locate vendors in Bihar to be able to develop these near-site. These, unlike the mobilization tokens, may not be very feasible in terms ofÂ scalability, but will have to be modified as per site for best impact, and developed locally.
4. Swaasth Jaankari Chakr:
The wheel acts as an interactive activity to solve beneficiariesâ€™ queries, and to increase awareness about what to do on seeing danger signs. It isÂ also be a tool to reinforce what the ANM tells the beneficiary. This will have visuals to help diagnose danger signs at a home level.
Looking forward to having feedback in Bihar in the coming month, to be able to evaluate, reiterate, refine and pilot to scaleÂ to create an impact.