Coder in Kendua

  December 5, 2013 My field visit to Digli, a small village in the Kendua sub-district in Bangladesh was my first ever instance of being a coder in the field. It proved to be an invaluable opportunity for me to get close to the end users of a system that I am designing. While it may not seem too useful an experience from the traditional standpoint of the typical software developer, the visit yielded a…

Perceptions about Healthcare: Stories from Rural Bangladesh

Having lived in urban centers all my life, I was quite excited to have the opportunity to reside in rural Bangladesh for a week long deep dive- a research endeavor that my team and I undertook to get a basic understanding the typical healthcare experiences of the rural population. My destination was a small village in Niyamatpur in the district of Kishoreganj. The very first thing that struck me early in my experience was the…

Using Human Centered Design for solving the rural healthcare problem

      The mPower team just returned from an intensive field stay in Netrokona and Kishoreganj to understand the rural healthcare scenario of Bangladesh. The team has been using a methodology known as Human Centered Design (HCD) pioneered by IDEO.org and described in detail in their amazing website to design an appropriate market solution for rural healthcare. The word design, in this part of world, is mostly associated with aesthetic elements – fashion design,…