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PATH How Design Can Help Improve a Global Health Issue

PATH is an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. PATH takes an entrepreneurial approach to developing and delivering high-impact, low-cost solutions, from lifesaving vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and devices to collaborative programs with communities. Through its work in more than 70 countries, PATH and its partners empower people to achieve their full potential.

PATH and Artefact partnered together to investigate and explore solutions to one of the most serious yet preventable health challenges in the developing world: maternal morbidity and mortality. We set out to identify the factors that influence how and when new mothers seek care in these rural areas. Our goal was to design diagnostic product concepts that would reduce the life-threatening infections that occur during pregnancy and labor.

"One of the most successful experiences in our project on landscaping maternal and perinatal infections was the collaboration with Artefact on support for the primary research in-country. Their use of techniques such as storyboards for use scenarios and hypothetical product concepts enhanced subject understanding and provided us with richer, more complete data."

Dr. Sadaf Khan, Senior Newborn, Maternal, & Child Health Specialist, PATH