We explored the path of a life-saving drug in Nepal, to make sure it gets to where it’s needed
Identified reasons for missing drugs and late deliveries
Explored the needs of local health care providers
Created three solutions
Misoprostol is a drug that is administered to mothers in order to prevent post-birth blood loss. In Nepal, the recently initiated programme was experiencing difficulties and we wanted to explore new ways to make sure that the drug reaches the villages safely and on time.
We started the design work in Nepal by travelling from the capital to remote villages, following the drug’s common logistical path. Along the way we interviewed people and officials who are involved in the process of transporting, administering or using the drug.
Connecting with local healthcare innovators & Drugs arriving
Our concept design focused on ensuring that enough drugs arrive to satisfy the local needs, and that the drugs arrive on time. As a result, we created three concept ideas which built on findings regarding needs and existing practices found in the local context.
Our work led to a comprehensive system map of the drug delivery, from which we identified key needs and problems in context.
We emerged with three concepts for solving the challenge. Central to these was a mobile service for tracking the drug logistics through central and local data entry.
Our team also created personal carry bag for carrying supplemental drug deliveries, and a full ‘mother’s package’ for identifying correct use of the drug.
Overall, the work combined real-world research in a developing nation with technological innovation, plus physical objects that respond directly to lived experience for users. We’re hoping this can make a difference to the vital distribution of a life-saving drug.
Studying drug logs while visiting a village birth clinic. In Nepal a birth is attended by the whole community, which has to be taken in account in the design.