Image source: frontend.com/futurevision (Working with a fellow student in Frontend’s studio).
A Future Vision for Migrant Healthcare
Following on from a previous post, the end result of the collaboration with Frontend and IOM (The Internation Organisation for Migration), culminated in a ‘Future Vision for Migrant Healthcare‘, encapsulated in a video and website, telling the story of the collaboration and the solution.
The project highlights the work carried out and how it might proceed in reality for migrant health.
It was an honour to have been chosen to be part of this worthy collaboration.
I, along with two other MA students from @IxD_Carlow plus seven other MA in Interaction Design students from around Ireland, were selected to take part in a three day long design bootcamp. I saw this as an extremely valuable opportunity to work on a very meaningful project, with real social impact.
Having listened to the story of a Syrian family’s journey by foot to Germany, I was engulfed with a sense of empathy, and compassion. In my younger years I had the experience of hitch-hiking around various parts of Europe. I was immediately brought back to memories of ‘being on the road’ and all the feelings of being reliant on the generosity of other people. It’s one thing having a choice to do something but it’s an entirely different scenario when one is forced to flee their home, like the Syrians.
Within a group of ten designers, we formed four groups working collaboratively to tackle various aspects of the problem, to arrive at solutions encompassing Service Design, Information Design, An App or Website, along with a Product Design solution. Our broad task was to design a health pack for the physical well being of the migrants, and to direct information to IOM and the Aid Workers via an online solution. The problem required a systems thinking approach, one which would connect all the facets of the situation.
With emotion and empathy deeply ingrained, I began looking at the problem from the perspectives of the Migrant, The IOM and the Aid Workers. What follows is my first initial conceptual mind-map on the problem, which informed the service design team’s thinking on the problem.
As with all complex problems, initial thoughts always begin with looking at the problem holistically. In this case it was the interactions between the Migrants, the Aid Workers and the IOM, and how an online solution could narrow the gaps of communication between all impacted by the problem, and ultimately help provide some form of aid to the migrants. (Red coloured infographic compliments of the service design team).
My heart goes out to the migrants, hopefully our involvement is the start of something that can really make a difference.
This is a project I’ve been working on for a while now. The above interaction map has been defined and drawn up based on research with users and stakeholders who are part of a non-profit Irish nursing organisation. Gaps have been identified, followed by a design hypothesis that co-creation can have a positive impact on the future building of the website.
As this is an ongoing project, further extensive research will be required with key players in the NCPA/HSE. It is hoped that these stakeholders will partake in the flow of information that the nurses require to enable them to carry out their work on a daily basis.