The design and development of health-related technologies for resource-limited settings requires a detailed consideration of the end user and target community that goes beyond the traditional engineering design needs assessment. In a broader sense, economic, social, and cultural constraints must be considered for successful implementation of technologies.
At C-SED, we support research that utilizes design ethnography techniques to develop a deep understanding of contexts and stakeholders to inform design decisions. We co-creatively design and assess cost-effective technology solutions to healthcare challenges in low- and middle-income countries. We also support the Global Health Design Initiative and other education programs that immerse students in the application of effective global health design practice.
- Authors: Sabet Sarvestani, A., Konney, T. O., & Sienko, K. H.
- Citation: Sabet Sarvestani, A., Konney, T. O., & Sienko, K. H. (2013). Development of culturally appropriate pictorial cards to facilitate maternal health histories in rural Ghana. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 123(3), 244-245.
- Authors: Sienko, K.H., Effah Kaufmann, E., Musaazi, M., Sabet Sarvestani, A., Obed, S., (2014).
- Citation: Sienko, K.H., Effah Kaufmann, E., Musaazi, M., Sabet Sarvestani, A., Obed, S., “Obstetrics-based clinical immersion of a multinational team of biomedical engineering students in Ghana,” (2014). International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Jul 24. pii: S0020-7292(14)00375-0. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2014.06.012.
Among other obstacles, the continued lack of access to health technology, especially in low-resource countries, will contribute to many failing to meet Millennium Development Goal 5 by 2015 . There is growing recognition among the global health community of the role that appropriate cost-effective health technologies can play in supporting healthcare providers’ ability to deliver minimum standards of care…