Bringing Peace to the Wanderer

Paved roads ended about half a mile back. The bridge we crossed was being used to dry mustard seeds and by pedestrians, instead of by vehicles it was surely designed for. But it didn’t matter anyways since the road beyond was too narrow for our car to travel down. We traveled the serpentine road, surrounded by lush green rice paddies, by rickshaw instead. It was clear, we had reached “the last mile”. I had spent…

A Journey towards a Better Future

We are a small team working 24/7 for only one mission, to Make Well-being Universal. This sounds audacious but it is the core of our company. We are trying to build the software enabled infrastructure with which we can provide medical services to people in remote areas, where many of them are suffering from lack of proper medical advice. Recently we have had a trip to the villages in Kishoreganj and Netrakona where we work, and…

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…