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,…

Infolady: A Technology Twist to an Age-Old Model

During a trip to Gaibandha last week, the mPower team had an opportunity to meet three Infoladies at an event. While door-to-door service delivery is extensively used by governments and development organizations across the developing world, very few have been able to monetize the model. The only instances where a woman (why we say it is always women, please read previous blog post here) has been able to make a living off of selling goods…

Questions from the Past

While most NGOs are focusing on underserved rural communities, the BRAC Manoshi project is one that is addressing a problem much closer to home. The Manoshi program is an MNCH (Maternal, Neo-natal and Child Health) service that provides poor, underserved women in the urban slums of Dhaka city with much needed support to deal with the complications of child birth. Since 2010 mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. has been working with BRAC Manoshi to facilitate their…