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There is a need to maintain cool conditions in the labor ward in order to reduce the labor stress

  • Year 2016
  • Locations GhanaKumasi, Ghana
  • Themes GeneralMaternal HealthPatient ComfortProcedural Improvement

There is a need for doctors and students to consistently distinguish between the fetal and maternal heart rates.

  • Year 2016
  • Locations GhanaKumasi, Ghana
  • Themes Maternal HealthPatient OutcomePatient OutcomesProcedural Improvement

There is a need for a way to provide space for patients to rest after delivery in the labor ward

  • Year 2016
  • Locations GhanaKumasi, Ghana
  • Themes Maternal HealthPatient Comfort

There is a need for medical students to be well-trained in childbirth.

  • Year 2016
  • Locations GhanaKumasi, Ghana
  • Themes Maternal HealthProcedural ImprovementTraining Method

There is a need for medical staff to know how to conduct high quality ultrasound scans so that clear sonographs can be used for fetal sizing and malformation diagnosis

  • Year 2016
  • Locations GhanaKumasi, Ghana
  • Themes Maternal HealthPatient OutcomePatient OutcomesProcedural ImprovementTraining Methods

A way to increase access to mid to high level health care providers in rural areas so that citizens in Ethiopia are offered a variety of health care services like contraception, which will increase the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) in areas where it is disproporionately low.

  • Year 2016
  • Location Ethiopia
  • Themes Maternal HealthProcedural ImprovementWomen's Health

A way for healthcare providers to guarantee client satisfaction during family planning and OB/GYN procedures

  • Year 2016
  • Location Ethiopia
  • Themes Maternal HealthProcedural ImprovementWomen's Health

A way to ensure providers are using appropriate sterile technique during invasive procedures such as cervical cancer screening, implant insertion, IUD insertion/removal

  • Year 2016
  • Location Ethiopia
  • Themes Maternal HealthProcedural ImprovementWomen's Health

A way to sterilize equipment used during gyneological exams like forceps, speculums, bowls that hold the supplies without electricity

  • Year 2016
  • Location Ethiopia
  • Themes Maternal HealthProcedural ImprovementWomen's Health

A way to reduce clients pain level associated with contraceptive implant insertion or removal

  • Year 2016
  • Location Ethiopia
  • Themes Maternal HealthPatient ComfortProcedural Improvement

During thyroidectomies, there is a need for a more efficient method to hold open the incision.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Instrument FunctionalityMinimally Invasive SurgeryProcedural Improvement

For endoscopic procedures, there is a need to retrospectively view the surgery in order to enable surgeons to learn from previous operations.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes General SurgeryInstrument FunctionalityTraining Methods

The immersion experience really helped me to understand the intricacies of the clinical environment we were designing for…I strongly believe that we were able to design a more appropriate device for the clinical environment due to our experience observing there.

Caitlin Winget, GHDI Academic Program Participant in Ghana

What to Know About The Global Health Design Initiative

Program History

Program History

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.

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Project Outcomes

Project Outcomes

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.

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