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 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?
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?
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?
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.