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.

Obstetrics-based clinical immersion of a multinational team of biomedical engineering students in Ghana

  • 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 [1]. 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…

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