Julia Kramer and Maria Young been working to establish a sustainable training program called “Visualize” for midwives in Ghana. At Michigan, they developed the first few prototypes of a VIA training simulator based on design requirements they developed during the clinical immersion experience with the GHDI. At Berkeley, Julia teamed up with fellow Mechanical Engineering and Haas School of Business students to develop the midwife VIA training concept. The Visualize team plans to use various media—television, radio, billboards—to market the availability of midwives for cervical cancer screenings. In addition, the team is collaborating with the Ghana Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Services to vet and publicize its efforts.
Being a part of GHDI is one of my most cherished and rewarding engineering experiences thus far. I was able to authentically engage with a community as well as the fields of healthcare, design, and engineering. The experience has continued to impact my decisions today.
What to Know About The Global Health Design Initiative
GHDI has been working with stakeholders for more than eight years to identify and address global health design challenges. Learn more about our history and core values.Learn More →
Since inception, we have worked on projects in maternal health, family planning, minimally invasive surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and more. Explore our past and current projects.Learn More →