Deep diving. On needs findings from different hospital.

Deep diving … Just like Margaret Heffernan (entrepreneur and writer) once quoted “for good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument and debate”. This week was all about the needs findings for which we paid a visit to two hospitals i.e. Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) and Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). It was really an interesting week, getting to see what the doctors do and the things they need. Muhimbili needs finding We paid a visit to MNH and went to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)  with the doctors who explained what they are doing and the challenges that they are facing. There were various triggers that we noted from the Muhimbili visit, and…

Getting started. Data analysis from the needs finding

Getting started… This week involved analysis from the needs findings that we conducted last week. We listed all our needs findings from the hospital visits at Muhimbili national hospital (MNH) and Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). These findings made the rise of final projects such as bubble CPAP, wall suction machine, automatic chest compressor and length board. There were also small projects such as POP cutter, power supply for the CCBRT hospital. We were given a chance to choose our partners and the project of our choice to work on from the list of our needs findings. And submitted our choices to the design studio manager.                                        A 3d printer we found at CCBRT hospital when we went…

Atlast it works. The final prototype and presentation

Every beginning must have an end…….and this week signified the end to all the work we have been conducting throughout our internship/IPT period, most especially the individual group projects.  As explained in the previous week, we were assigned to design a bubble CPAP machine prototype.  Thus this week was all about implementation and modification of the prototype and also documentation of how the design was implemented. Implementation….. This part involved the following activities: Primary and secondary research Searching for equipment Bill of materials Purchasing equipment Building and testing of our circuit Fabrication of housing Fitting air and electrical circuit into housing Afterwards, followed the testing and implementation part, whereas we were able to test the prototype to see if it…

Digging deeper…

Digging deeper… At the end of last week most of the final projects and small projects were assigned to the intended student. And each one of us was required to start working on them immediately. By digging a little deeper and collect more information about the project (diverging) and then choosing from the list of information the most common ones (converging) to get close towards the solution. My partner and I were selected to do a bubble CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.   A bubble CPAP machine is a machine used to help a person with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). It increases air pressure in your throat so that your airway doesn’t collapse when you breathe in. In this context we…

Needs finding: following the learning and practising of the Human-Centered Design approach.

For any possible solution to work appropriately, the designers of the solution have to understand the basis of the problem. It is termed as “Empathy”. Empathy: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.[1] This is therefore the first and foremost essential step when it comes to Human-Centred Design. This is where one gets the inspiration to pursue a solution for the challenge at hand.  This week we had time to do this exercise partly through research tools such as interviews and observations. We visited both Muhimbili National…