As the Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) spreads its wings even wider, more impact is being achieved in an effort to move the Universities from the Universities to the communities. The Human Centered Design Training held for the Bio Medical Engineering Students at Makerere University College of Health Sciences on March 18, 2016 brought together approximately 120 students (female and male).

This was an opportunity to not only emphasize the benefits of the Human Centered Approach including #Needfinding #DesignThinking #Brainstorming #Prototyping but also re-awaken the innovativeness of the students while encouraging the multidisciplinary approach where each team member adds value to the innovation. Interacting with the students, some of them are already have innovative ideas (thinking outside the box) and others are excited about facilitating the training themselves with minimal support from the RAN Team. One trainee noted “This Human Centered Design Training opportunity enabled me to carry out my research project more effectively and efficiently because I had learnt and appreciated the need to engage the end user in all that one does and more importantly how to systematically engage the end users. That the views of the end user at all levels greatly inform whatever we are doing, it is impactful to garner the community voice. I want all students, lecturers and the entire community to benefit from this training. RAN this is one of your own innovative solutions to community engagement, I am proud to identify with the RAN Team and of course the HCD Course”.

This platform also offered an additional opening for the RAN Team to publicize the opportunities at RAN and greater partner network including, the Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Conflict (RIC4CONF), Internship opportunities and the Technovation Challenge 2016 among others.

Details of this event were also shared on Twitter @AfricaResilient #Needfinding #Innovation #Brainstorming #Design Thinking.

Register now for the Human Centered Design Training here https://www.ranlab.org/resilientafrica-network-ran-offers-the-human-centered-design-hcd-course.

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