Perinatal asphyxia and failure to resuscitate compromised newborns who are then classified as stillbirths has been recognized as a major cause of perinatal mortality in low-income countries. Devices such as ambu bags and other products, often manufactured by Laerdal, exist widely for neonatal resuscitation, but were designed in and for high-income countries. The goal of this project is to design an effective, appropriate, acceptable, and affordable resuscitation device for use and manufacturing in low-income countries.
Understanding the subtle cultural difficulties in the setting of intended use is close to impossible without the full immersion into that setting. Without knowing the true difficulties and how they are managed, other teams who we have had contact with have difficulty meeting the demands of their end users. Other student design teams struggle to fully understand the user requirements and find it hard to achieve them with a completed prototype based off literature before initiating contact with the end user.
What to Know About The Global Health Design Initiative
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