Service Design Methods?

Current global practices in service design use a mix of methods added on to conventional system design practices (Manzini, Vezzoli et al. 2001; Morelli 2002; Stickdorn and Schneider 2011). These new tools and methods are in the main drawn from contemporary software development practices in the field of interaction design (Manzini 2009). By becoming significantly…… Continue reading Service Design Methods?

Service Design for Rural Poor

Service provision for rural poor is a unique field characterized by neglect and poor performance of public services (Sainath 1992; Louis 2007). Approaches to the poor and marginalized in design have been characterized by a discourse of social engagement and social entrepreneurship (Jegou and Manzini 2008). While a focus upon the rural poor (Papanek 1985)…… Continue reading Service Design for Rural Poor

Consuming health services

Historically, a greater focus upon technology has suppressed the discourse of access (Candi 2007). In health care projects, service design has benefited the client, often a publicly owned organization (Cottam and Leadbeater 2004). Extending such a paradigm of practice, producer-side thinking, into disadvantaged communities often leads to unintended consequences such as the exploitation of rural-poor…… Continue reading Consuming health services

Government system failure killing mothers in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Oct 28 (IANS) A complaint by a patient that a doctor in a government-run hospital left her unattended in the operation theatre has turned the spotlight on the role played — or not played — by these hospitals in reducing deaths at childbirth in Madhya Pradesh, a state with one of the highest maternal…… Continue reading Government system failure killing mothers in Madhya Pradesh

Maternal mortality rate declines by 15 percent in Bihar

Patna, June 17 (IANS) The maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Bihar has fallen by about 15 percent, as more and more women are opting for institutional deliveries. Women have also been demanding improvement in health services and infrastructure, according to official figures released here Wednesday. The MMR, maternal death per lakh live births in Bihar…… Continue reading Maternal mortality rate declines by 15 percent in Bihar

‘Insurgency main reason for Assam’s high maternal mortality’

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Assam in India’s northeast has the country’s highest rate of maternal mortality, as per the latest official data. According to experts, insurgency which affects access to healthcare services, is one of the main reasons for this. Speaking at a press meet in the capital Friday, Bulbul Sood, co-chair of the…… Continue reading ‘Insurgency main reason for Assam’s high maternal mortality’

US launches Rs.580 mn health initiative in India

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) The US Thursday launched a Rs.580 million initiative to improve maternal and child health in India, with a focus on Uttar Pradseh and Jharkhand. The Maternal and Child Health Sustainable Technical Assistance and Research Initiative (MCH STAR) will work to accelerate the resource mobilization of India’s major programmes like the…… Continue reading US launches Rs.580 mn health initiative in India

India to conduct ‘verbal autopsy’ of maternal deaths

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) All pregnancy-related deaths in the country will be investigated and a structured report will be prepared to fix accountability in order to reduce fatalities, a health ministry official said Thursday. “We are soon going to have a verbal autopsy of all women dying during child birth. It’s a practice followed…… Continue reading India to conduct ‘verbal autopsy’ of maternal deaths

Maternal and Perinatal Conditions — Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries — NCBI Bookshelf

In 2001, maternal and perinatal conditions represented the single largest contributor to the global burden of disease, at nearly 6 percent of total DALYs (Mathers and others 2004). Reducing that burden is widely stated as a priority at both national and international levels, but the track record of translating the rhetoric into action on a…… Continue reading Maternal and Perinatal Conditions — Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries — NCBI Bookshelf