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USAID Global Health Newsletter - May 2017

by Christin VanZant last modified Jun 28, 2017 08:30 PM
Contributors: USAID
FOCUS ON HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN Human-centered design (HCD) is a way of thinking that places the people you're trying to serve at the center of the design and implementation process. HCD was developed in the private sector to integrate business and technology around human needs. While these methods and principles have been applied for decades in global health, HCD is now being increasingly applied in more targeted and deliberate ways to the health sector and for good reasons.

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FOCUS ON HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN May 2017

 

 

Human-centered Design. What is it?

Human-centered design (HCD) is a way of thinking that places the people you're trying to serve at the center of the design and implementation process. HCD was developed in the private sector to integrate business and technology around human needs. While these methods and principles have been applied for decades in global health, HCD is now being increasingly applied in more targeted and deliberate ways to the health sector and for good reasons.

Driving Demand for Chlorhexidine through a Human-centered Approach

Chlorhexidine, an antiseptic applied to the umbilical cord on the first day of life, has shown a 23 percent reduction in newborn deaths. This intervention costs less than $0.25 per dose, is simple to use, and easy to manufacture, yet many mothers and nurses do not know about it. Read how a Human-centered design approach was used to develop tools to drive demand for Chlorhexidine.

Project EMOTION: Creating HIV Prevention Products that Fit into Women’s Lives

In South Africa, one study harnesses the power of good product design to see if it can increase young women's uptake of and adherence to HIV prevention products. Read how Project EMOTION incorporates human-centered design into HIV prevention product development and service delivery..

Putting Innovators in the Shoes of Ebola Healthcare Workers

Thinking outside the box when fighting an infectious disease outbreak can be incentivized through an open-source, competitive process that encourages anyone to come up with a life-saving idea or product. Read how USAID’s Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge provided Human-centered design support to seven promising solutions that were game changers in the fight against Ebola.

 

GLOBAL HEALTH VOICES

Listen to a podcast conversation with David Milestone and Robert Fabricant on Human-centered design for health.

 

HIGHLIGHTS AND LOOK AHEAD

Learn more about Human-centered Design

What Is the Future Role of the United States in Global Health?
Read the latest report by the National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine
USAID joins U.S. Government delegation at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva
Obstetric Fistula: Read a blog by Liz Eddy about a Rwandan woman who was treated for this condition
USAID celebrated Mother’s Day by celebrating four women who help mothers and babies thrive
USAID Global Health Media Mentions
 
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