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.
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.
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