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Living Labs Initiative

By Medical Devices and Health Technologies

PATH’s Living Labs Initiative accelerates the pace of health innovation to ensure that all communities have the solutions they need to live healthy lives. We do this by co-creating with users to rapidly design, test, and scale solutions to their long-standing challenges.

Our Approach

PATH’s Living Labs Initiative uses human-centered design to work with end users to co-develop solutions aimed at accelerating the pace of innovation, lowering risk, and increasing the likelihood of realizing sustainable solutions. Through PATH's world-renowned expertise in global health and longstanding relationships with governments and communities, we have built a strong reputation as a trusted partner and can help to rapidly engage with key stakeholders to help deliver lasting results.

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We use a '4D' approach to human-centered design: discover, define, dream, design. We iterate at the design stage until a solution is developed that is acceptable to the end users.

What we do

Designing Solutions: Living Labs collaborates with users to drive the iterative development of co-created solutions to address their most critical health-related challenges.

Exploring Concepts: Living Labs engages users to obtain feedback on initial concepts, exploring what resonates across the healthcare spectrum before developing tailored solutions.

Testing Prototypes: Living Labs tests health prototypes or solutions with end users across different settings to inform what is working and what can be improved.

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The Livings Labs team members are experts in three service areas: Designing Solutions, Exploring Concepts, and Testing Prototypes. Examples of our offerings in each service area are described in the above graphic.

Example Projects

Engaging frontline immunization workers

Location: Kenya and Zambia.

Service area: Designing Solutions

Challenge: Numerous health system and technological improvements have helped frontline health workers increase vaccine coverage, but a key challenge is often overlooked—health worker engagement and motivation.

Our approach: Livings Labs in Kenya and Zambia are engaging immunization workers in a human-centered design process to uncover solutions that can build on their professional goals to learn and improve, gain more job satisfaction, and achieve increased uptake of immunization services.

Intended impact: This project aims to test hundreds of solutions for strengthening health worker motivation and engagement to drive increased vaccine coverage.

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We are engaging with frontline immunization workers to understand their barriers to delivering vaccines and co-creating solutions that can increase their motivation and productivity. Photo: PATH/Brian Mushaukwa

Identifying solutions to prevent and manage postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)

Location: Kenya.

Funder: MSD for Mothers.

Service area: Designing Solutions

Challenge: PPH is a top contributor to maternal mortality globally, and health workers need appropriate solutions to reduce these preventable deaths.

Our approach: Living Labs is engaging health care workers to understand barriers and opportunities associated with prevention and management of PPH. By sharing learnings, the team will help inform the Ministry of Health’s future PPH interventions.

Intended impact: Ultimately, this project will influence solutions adopted by the Ministry of Health to reduce maternal mortality associated with PPH in Kenya.

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Through the Living Labs Initiative, nurses in maternity wards in Kenya were interviewed to help inform solutions that could reduce preventable maternal deaths related to postpartum hemorrhage. Photo: PATH/Sue Wairimu

Meet Members of the Living Labs Team

  1. Chris Obong’o

    Lead Product Manager, Living Labs Kenya

  2. Nelson Cheruiyot

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  3. Janet Muigai

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  4. Wilkister Musau

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  5. Steve Osumba

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  6. Oyugi Allela

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  7. Sue Wairimu

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  8. Faith Mbai

    Program Assistant, Living Labs Kenya

  9. Dr. Joseph Kayaya

    Lead Product Manager, Living Labs Zambia

  10. Casildah Lumamba

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Zambia

  11. Brian Mushaukwa

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Zambia

  12. John Allan Zgambo

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Zambia

  13. Brenda Magula

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Zambia

  14. Catherine Kagulura

    Finance Officer

  15. Brian Taliesin

    Global Director, Living Labs

  16. Bhavya Gowda

    Deputy Director, Living Labs

  17. Christina Smith

    Senior Project Administrator

  18. Kevin Kwong

    Market Dynamics Associate

Learn more about the Living Labs Initiative:

Overview

Case Study: Co-creating an Improved Response to Postpartum Hemorrhage

Contact us at: LivingLabs@path.org.

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