Human-Centered Design

Jacaranda Nurses

Using mobile tech to influence behavior and improve maternal health

This article was written by Janet Aika Matemu and Lindsay Sanders and was originally published on Devex’s website. In the past few years, Kenyans have become more connected than ever before. Between 2000 and 2010, mobile phone penetration increased by 200 percent. Now, over 88 percent of Kenyans report owning a cellphone. This technological shift is Read more »

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CCC Graduates 16 From Kiambu County

This article was written by Jacquelyn Dang and originally appeared on CureCervicalCancer’s website. Today marked the end of an incredibly successful 1-week program in Kiambu County. Five days of screening culminated in an inspirational graduation ceremony during which Kiambu County’s Head of Reproductive Health, Dr. Wanyee, made a surprise appearance. A well-respected woman with great influence, she expressed her gratitude towards the CureCervicalCancer Read more »

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For the Noble Cause of Saving Women

This article was written by Yvonne Nong and originally appeared on CureCervicalCancer’s website. Past the crowded round-a-bout just off the main road of Githurai Mwohoko, the team arrives at the blue painted gate of Lang’ata Githurai Health Center. For our last two days, we will be screening/treating women in and around this town. Despite the heavy rainfall Read more »

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The CCC Team Brings “See and Treat” to Kiambu County

This article was written by Leila Hariri and originally appeared on CureCervicalCancer’s website.  Last week the CCC team successfully trained and certified 20 skilled nurses un VIA and cryotherapy in Kisii county, a rural area in the western region of Kenya. Hundreds of women were screened each day and 8 new “See and Treat” centers were Read more »

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5 Uses for a (Redesigned) Medical Record

At first thought, medical records may not seem like the most exciting topic. But, wait. There is more to medical records than you may think. In fact, as we wrote a few months ago in our first post on why and how Jacaranda Health is redesigning our medical records, “medical records are getting a lot Read more »

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From Hospital to Home: How a Checklist Can Help Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns

This post originally appeared on the blog of Grand Challenges Canada by Nick Pearson and Allison Ettenger   “Since you came home from Jacaranda Maternity, have you had fever or chills?” asks Sharon, a Jacaranda Community Health Worker (CHW). Ruth (*) came to Jacaranda Health three days ago to deliver her healthy baby girl. When it Read more »

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Bringing Men to the Table, and Other Insights

The blogosphere and the global health world has been buzzing with reports from the 50th annual international family planning conference, dubbed “Full Access, Full Choice,” which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this past week. Plenary speakers Melinda Gates and Dr Kesete-birhan Admasu, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, opened the event by commending the family planning community Read more »

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You Spin Me Right Round, Like a (Medical) Record, Baby…

Medical records get a lot of buzz these days. In the past several years the United States Department of Health and Human Services has heavily incentivized private providers to convert paper medical records to electronic systems. Providers in the developing world are tempted with promises of record-keeping magic bullets in the form of handheld tablets, Read more »

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Clinical Staff Learn Human-Centered Design

Human-centered design (HCD) has been part of Jacaranda’s approach to providing high-quality, affordable maternal health care since our inception. In the past year and a half we have consistently used design sessions to understand healthseeking behaviors and develop our model. During one of our HCD sessions, two participants role-played the typical interaction between a clinician and Read more »