How can design contribute to global health?
 
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Significant progress has been made in global health. Child and maternal mortality are declining, and life expectancy is on the rise. However, as our  Sustainable Development Goals illustrate, more progress can – and must – be made. Through improvements in current practices and the development of innovative solutions, we can build upon today’s momentum, and accelerate progress in the future.

 

The use of design in global health can lead to improvements in current practices and foster the development of innovative solutions.

 

Global health practitioners have asked for practical guidance about ways to increase the understanding, appropriate use, and value of design as an approach to addressing global health challenges. We recognize that there may be uncertainty around the design approach, and we have created a tailored set of resources to clarify its potential, based on common questions that we’ve heard from global health practitioners.

 
 
 

What is design for health?

What do we mean by design? Can design do more than improve the look of my work? My field isn’t concerned with creating products or services, so how can design help me with the global health challenges I face?

>> What is Design for Health?

>> Glossary of Design Terms

>> Conversation Guide

Why design for health?

Why is design well-positioned to contribute to improved global health outcomes? What are the limitations to incorporating a design approach in the context of global health? What are the shared  principles that connect design and global health?

>> Value of Design

>> Common Principles of Design in Global Health

Getting the most out of design for health

As a global health practitioner, how can I more appropriately and confidently use design within my work? What resources support my use of design? What are some best practices and  examples of design supporting global health initiatives? How does design relate to othercomplementary approaches and disciplines?

>> Complementary Approaches

>> Project Library

Achieving our vision

What are the near- and medium-term activities and commitments necessary to strengthen the impact of design and advance our shared vision for global health? How can I get involved and support this growing community?

>> Roadmap

 
 

Who are we?

We are a group of funders, implementers, and designers committed to increasing the understanding, appropriate use, and value of design as an approach to help global health practitioners achieve even more impact.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Who are these resources for?

 
 
    “I like the theory behind Human Centered Design, but have not seen it work yet. I’ll give it a shot, but I remain skeptical.”      

 

“I like the theory behind Human Centered Design, but have not seen it work yet. I’ll give it a shot, but I remain skeptical.”

 

 

    “Is there anyone who can give me a plain and simple definition of what exactly you mean by design? It sounds like another fad to me....”      

 

“Is there anyone who can give me a plain and simple definition of what exactly you mean by design? It sounds like another fad to me....”

 

 

    “I’ve seen what design can do and I try to advocate for it, but I am no expert, and I need better ways to guide and encourage others.”      

 

“I’ve seen what design can do and I try to advocate for it, but I am no expert, and I need better ways to guide and encourage others.”

 

 

    “I wonder how I would integrate design into my work. To be honest, I am still unsure about how this is different than what we already do.”      

 

“I wonder how I would integrate design into my work. To be honest, I am still unsure about how this is different than what we already do.”

 

 

       “I advocate for design every day. It helps shape more effective global health programs and fundamentally changes how we work by testing assumptions, increasing uptake, and breaking down programmatic silos.”      

 

 

“I advocate for design every day. It helps shape more effective global health programs and fundamentally changes how we work by testing assumptions, increasing uptake, and breaking down programmatic silos.”