Data Collection for Products in Labour Wards

Global Good
Year: 2017
Where: India, Nigeria
Project Status:

Research in Balasore, India, and Akure and Ibaden, Nigeria, to inform the development of products for use in maternity wards in low and middle-income countries.

The objectives of the research were to:

  • increase our understanding of how labour ward tool prototypes and product designs could be used in facilities in low resource settings
  • identify opportunities and seek feedback on select designs in the Lab.our Ward model.

We conducted field interviews with facility managers, health providers and other hospital staff in one district hospital in Odisha and three maternity hospitals in Southern Nigeria. These provided design requirements and drivers for products and devices, including:


Products that are easy to move and take from hospital to primary or community health levels.

Infection control

Infection management for wearable and portable devices

Space constraints

Space in the ward for new products and devices is an ever present constraint. Many public primary and sub -level spaces were not originally designed as facilities and can therefore be crowded and/or not used efficiently

Training and Human Resources

The less training the device requires, the better. Another clear concern is the availability of human resources and skilled care providers in the facility.

The training product users is also seen as central. Behavior change interventions, like posters promoting use of the product, might be needed to influence health care providers’ attitudes towards new products or methods, and training and re-training on the use of the devices should be expected.

Maintenance assurance

Repair and maintenance systems. How new products and devices can be repaired and maintained is a common concern across sectors.