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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…

Using 3D printing to help in the fight against COVID-19 in Tanzania

‘Changamoto huleta Maarifa’ a Swahili proverb meaning ‘Neccesity is the mother of all inventions’.Perhaps the above quoted proverb is more relevant now than ever before in human history, as the world grapples with the appalling effects of the Novel Corona virus invasion. Apparently, the African continent is no exception in this, see updates: https://africacdc.org/covid-19/.  Even though infection rates may seem trivial for a continent of 1.2 Billion people and a country of approximately 56 million people, truth is- you can never underestimate the aggressive nature of a deadly contagion such as COVID-19. Undeniably, the COVID onslaught has been the biggest test to development practioners and actors across many continents.  In Tanzania, it offers yet again a realization that we probably need to…

DIT Design Studio: Innovation for COVID-19 Preparedness in Tanzania

By Julia Jenjezwa and John Msumba, PhD Tanzania is home to over 60 million people. Its largest city, Dar es Salaam, is home to five million people—a densely populated and vibrant port city. Located within this city, inside one of its many universities, is our country’s premier invention education design studio—the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) Design Studio—a space dedicated to student innovation that has become a hub for COVID-19 preparedness and response within our communities. I am Julia Jenjezwa, and it is my job to oversee the work of the DIT Design Studio. I work with my colleague and co-blogger, Dr. John Msumba, DIT Lecturer and Head of the Industrial Liaison and Career Guidance Department, to guide...