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The Health ! Public Conclave to be held on the 22nd of August 2014 brings together thought leaders from Public Health, Medicine, Government (Policy and Implementation), Developmental Investment, Media, Design Labs, Start-ups, Technology and others to spark an informed, practical and earnest dialogue on how to best ensure the health and wellbeing of mothers and children.

Over the past 6 weeks, a dedicated team of Lab ethnographers, designers and public health experts have been collecting and analysing field data, on the critical 1000 day window in maternal and child health; from the start of a woman’s pregnancy until her child’s 2nd birthday, from different regions in Bihar. They are now visualizing this data, identifying a series of critical intervention opportunity areas and creating several concept design solutions, all of which will serve as base-plate to collaboratively brainstorm new concepts and propose new kinds of innovation partnerships, that can help address the wicked problems of maternal and child health, on the day of the conclave.

A series of eight broad innovation opportunity areas, critical to the challenge of saving more lives, in urgent need of innovation and where design intervention can lead to radical improvement in health of mothers and children, have been identified by the Lab. Initial concept directions range from the design tangibles such as health profiling tools and patient tailored care plans, action tools and checklists for frontline health workers, support aids for kangaroo care, breastfeeding, infant body temperature management, neo-natal respiration, low cost diagnostics for mother and child vitals, to intangibles like protocols, services and structures for nutrition security; home and community based health ecosystems, evidence based decision making and planning dashboards for system stakeholders, strategic communication targeting and messaging, innovative accountability and performance structures for frontline workers and several more.

This fast moving, outcome oriented Health Public Conclave will host a series of solutioneering breakout sessions occurring simultaneously, crisp panel debates, showcasing of solutions to drive forth consensus with the express motive of creating the pathway to real time prototyping, piloting and creating impact.


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