Six weeks with IDEO.org

Since September 2013, the ‘Amader Daktar’ team at mPower has been using the Human Centered Design toolkit by IDEO.org. This year, between August and September, we worked closely with a team from IDEO.org to co-design the next round of iteration for the Amader Daktar model. Don’t know Amader Daktar or IDEO.org? We’ll you should, and you can check out more about them here and here. In early August, Behrouz Hariri and Danny Alexander joined us…

IDEO.org Inspiration day at San Francisco

The day started off early with some amazing blue bottle cappuccino with Rubayat Khan, Minnie Bredouw and Danny Alexander, before diving in to a wealth of experiential learning with some of the newest technology and health services in the city of San Francisco. The first stop was Studio Dental, a mobile dental service, set up in an independent trailer, targeting some of the busiest people in the world. Studio dental, started off by Dr. Sarah…

Training the future of rural healthcare

The 20th, 21st and 22nd of April was a great learning opportunity for 9 RMPs (Rural Medical practitioners) from Kendua, a sub-district in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh. For 3 days, these RMPs underwent an intensive training program, arranged by Amader Daktar (Bengali for ‘Our Doctor’). Amader Daktar is a concern of mPower Social Enterprises, under mPower labs. The vision of Amader Daktar is to create a self-sustaining model of healthcare delivery for rural Bangladesh….

An Inspiring Innovator

  Dr. Reza Bin Zaid, a dermatology consultant at BIRDEM hospital, Dhaka, is a doctor with a difference. While the vast majority of medical professionals in Bangladesh are skeptical technology that facilitate remote diagnosis, Dr. Zaid has been successfully running the first instance of telemedicine services in Bangladesh since 2000. As the chairman of the Telemedicine Working Group of Bangladesh, he is currently operating in 16 unions across Bangladesh. Dr. Zaid truly is a rare…

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…

Mobile penetration in rural Bangladesh, and its possibilities

Chikitsha’s “deep dive” to the north was my first long stay in rural Bangladesh after several years, primarily due to a study break abroad. Because of the long break in between, however, this trip showed me a lot of stark contrasts against my last visit memories that I might not otherwise have noticed. Among other things, this trip showed me how fast rural Bangladesh has embraced some new technologies, and I began wondering about all…