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USAID Global Health Newsletter : Human-Centered Design


“Human-centered design (HCD) is a way of thinking that places the people you’re trying to serve at the center of the design and implementation process. HCD was developed in the private sector to integrate business and technology around human needs. While these methods and principles have been applied for decades in global health, HCD is now being increasingly applied in more targeted and deliberate ways to the health sector and for good reasons.”

“A defining characteristic of the human-centered design (HCD) process is that it prioritizes talking to and collaborating with the people who are most likely to be affected by the development of a new health intervention or program. The process seeks to better understand a health challenge from the human perspective, including how it looks and feels to real people and how it applies to the environment and context in which they live.”

Read more on human-centered design (HCD)


June 8, 2017 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

A public health view of global racism

Many of the CEMCH Scholars attended this year’s meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), held in Denver, October 29 – November 2. We will be posting their reflections and highlights this month.

By Bejan Foretia, BA

Bejan Foretia at APHA

Bejan Foretia at APHA

APHA 2016 was inspiring and filled with so much potential. The conference hosted 11,000 people consisted of hundreds of sessions led by researchers, students, and medical and public health professionals. Though I am a student in the Maternal & Child Health and the Population, Sexual & Reproductive Health sections of APHA, I chose to visit multiple sessions on variety of topic areas. What I enjoyed the most was the innovation of the research studies and the potential to improve the public health of the nation through a variety of different methods.

A hot topic in our nation today is the on-going racist systems that plague people of color. Because of this, I most appreciated the session hosted by APHA president Dr. Camara Jones’, entitled Racism: A Global View. As an African-American with parents from Central-West Africa, I believe it’s imperative to understand the African diaspora, as well as the components of racism across that diaspora. Within the session, Dr. Jones had a variety of speakers on a panel that discussed racism in the US, South Africa, Brazil, and New Zealand. The most compelling concept was the notion of truth telling, as made popular by Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, in considering the struggles of post-apartheid South Africa. This notion stated that the price of forgiveness was to tell the truth about known and unknown injustices towards Black South Africans. This would establish a sense of anti-racism for all races and ethnicities in South Africa. In this way, Mandela and Tutu established a sense of morality within their country and were able to create collaborative efforts to better their country in every way. Industries and organizations that were previously segregated and indifferent towards one another were now able to trust one another and address their country’s issues.

It made me think about the health issues in the black community in the US today. What would be the effect if systematic racism was dismantled, effectively establishing trust among races and ethnicities? In an election year where racism has been more blatant than ever before, I truly appreciated these perspectives because they reminded me that the problem extends beyond this country. However, there are ways to tackle and dismantle oppression, and it begins with truth and forgiveness. Hopefully as the 2016 campaign comes to a close, we move closer to a stronger nation.

Bejanchong Foretia is a first-year MPH student, concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. She graduated with a degree in psychology from Spelman College. She plans to graduate in May 2018. Her interests include infant and reproductive health, as well as global health.  She also loves reading, dancing, and traveling.



November 18, 2016 at 9:39 am Leave a comment

Humanure Power’s Facility is Open

Tulane MCHLT staff were happy to recently receive the following news from Tulane MCHLT Scholar alumnus (MPH ’13) and Humanure Power co-founder Anoop Jain, who has been working in Bihar, India to end outdoor defecation:

Humanure Power toilet facilities, Bihar, India

HP sanitation facility, Bihar, India

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Humanure Power opened its pilot community sanitation facility on July 10! After 4 years of dreaming, we celebrated the opening of our facility with our entire staff and hundreds of people from the local community we are working with. We had 258 users on our very first day! This is incredibly exciting, and is a great number to work up from. In the coming weeks, we will analyze our usage data to track which groups in the community need more outreach to encourage use. Our goal is to capture this data effectively to demonstrate impact, so that we can work closely with local government agencies to replicate our model throughout Bihar.

I’d also like to mention one key change to the HP model. We are no longer focusing on using the energy we produce from our facilities to power batteries/portable lights. Instead, we are going to use that energy to power a water filtration system. We conducted water quality tests a few months ago. The results were extremely discouraging and highlighted an immediate need for a clean water intervention. It makes sense for us to implement a solution that is needed by the community, thus the change in our model. I’d like to point out that the energy side of our program has always been flexible. Our primary concern is improving access to toilets. We are willing to use the energy we produce to serve the community in whatever way it needs. We will sell filtered water for $0.01 per liter, half of what other vendors in the area are selling it for. This money will go directly to paying our cleaning staff and for general toilet maintenance.

Having witnessed the work and passion Anoop has put into realizing his dream, it is exciting to learn that the facility is not only open, but has been so directly shaped by the needs of the community. Access to toilets not only safeguards human dignity and sanitation, it also helps protects the safety and education of girls.

July 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

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