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…

Rural Medical Practitioners: The first line of defense in rural healthcare (Part 2)

After informally interviewing about a dozen RMPs, the one question that kept nagging us was the quality of the treatment provided by rural Bangladesh’s most frequently consulted health practitioners. As we mentioned in our previous post on rural health practitioners, as of 2011, there were 130,000 RMPs operating in rural Bangladesh. So we thought that it was time to look into the training institutions that bestowed the RMP certifications. Within Gaibandha, we came across 5…

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…

BRAC Manoshi: women, technology and the power of free

September 24, 2013 “Apa are you using any contraceptive?” The Shashto Kormi (SK) lowered her voice as she said the word “contraceptive” probably because of the male members of our entourage. The reply was no and the next few questions confirmed that the woman was pregnant. The SK asked more questions, with her assistant diligently writing the answers on a registration card. Finally came out the “technology”. The SK took out her cell phone and…