Primary Focus
Health systems that serve developing countries.
 
Current Projects
 
Project 1:
Hospital S in a developing country provides health care for low-income sugarcane workers and their families by periodically setting up clinics in their villages that are adjacent to the sugarcane fields. Keeping medical records and following up with treatments for the village patients has been challenging due to the situation where many village residents are either changing names, or moving to different villages without notifying the hospital. Many of them are also illiterate and do not have any government-issued identification. Can we develop a new and affordable procedure to facilitate consistent medical record keeping for Hospital S to efficiently track their care for the village patients?
Project 1 Team:
Elcie Chan, Matthew Fleming, Kevin Li, Matheus Nm
 
Project 2:
Villages of low-income sugarcane workers and their families in a developing country need public health and hygiene education to help improve their standard of living. Resources from the local government are limited in this regard. What would be the most cost-effective and efficient way to enhance the villagers’ knowledge so they could be empowered to care better for their own health? Many of the villagers have only limited school education, some are illiterate, and in general don’t read English.
Project 2 Team:
Shaosi Li, Stephanie Vadasz, Nathan Yardley
 
Project 3:
A bio-sand water filter program has been initiated to improve the quality of drinking water in the villages of the low income sugarcane workers and their families. However, many villagers do not appreciate the value of the filters, resulting in cases where the freely-provided filters were abandoned by the village households. Beside the simple unwillingness to take in new technology in some cases, other complaints include that either the water flow from the filter was too slow, or it was too heavy for an elderly man who lives alone to carry the water and pour it into the top of the filter (which is about 1 meter tall). How would you increase the utility rate of the filters by the villagers?
Project 3 Team:
Jay Kerwin, Tien Shiao, Hong Truong
 
 
 
T-Hop:
Technology Hopping (T-Hop) program aims to propagate the positive impact of development technologies with proven success across the globe.
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