How can design thinking improve global health?
It is an ambitious goal, but one that could play a huge role in improving health outcomes for a large number of people across the world.
And ThinkPlace is delighted to have played a role in helping bring this important intervention to life.
A new website www.designforhealth.org has been created as a partnership between USAID and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, two organisations that are engaged in world-leading public health interventions across the globe and with whom ThinkPlace has worked extensively.
ThinkPlace Kenya Studio Senior Strategic Designer Michael Ngigi was selected to be on the board of advisers for the site, which provides resources for those working in global health to deploy design thinking and human-centred design techniques that evidence shows lead to better project outcomes.
The site has created detailed personas of five different types of health workers on various stages of their journey towards understanding and using principles of design thinking in their work. It then provides tailored resources for each of those five stages.
We sat down with a proud Michael Ngigi to talk about the site, which was recently launched.
Q: What is the purpose of the website? Why was it created?
MN: The purpose of this platform is to improve outcomes in global health especially around demand challenges and behaviour change.
This is a resource platform for stakeholders in the global health sector that was created to increase shared understanding, appropriate use and an appreciation of the value of design to address global health challenges. This platform addresses aspects such as definitions, processes and approaches which can sometimes be confusing for designers, implementers and donors.
Q: Who is it targeted at and how will they use it?
MN: It’s for people across the aid and public health sectors. Donors, awardees, sub-awardees and designers. The platform features tools and case studies that will enable these target users to gain a common understanding when using human- centred design in global health projects. And that means they can better speak to each other.