Identify and Treat At-Risk Children

Understanding and reducing childhood vulnerability to disease in Bihar, India
September 19, 2016

M4ID working with Care India and Vihara, seeks to use human-centred design methods and creative approaches to uncover new opportunities to reduce childhood vulnerability to disease in Bihar, India

Various complex challenges, like lack of access to treatment and a poor health infrastructure, contribute to mortality in children under the age of five. To understand the causes of childhood vulnerability to disease, M4ID has started a collaboration with Vihara Innovation Network and Care India to identify, track and treat vulnerable children under five in Bihar. This work builds on Care India’s extensive knowledge and work on child health in Bihar and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Based on a better understanding of vulnerability to disease, as well as coping mechanisms of children and their families in Bihar, the team aims to design effective interventions and service mechanisms to identify, track and treat the children most at risk. Using a human centred design approach, the team will conduct a broad design research study, investigating narratives of families and their context with the aim to identify opportunities for design. With a better understanding of vulnerability of children and their families, the design team will then co-­design, prototype and iterate innovative solutions together to be piloted and evaluated.