Table 2

Application of the design thinking to the Maker Project

Design thinking domainApplication of the domain to the Maker Project
Create designer empathy for end users.The designers were the UoN FabLab innovators, and the end users were KNH nurses, physicians and the KNH biomedical team.
Fit of problem definition and MNCH intervention with end-user desires, needs and barriers to MNCH care.For the Maker, this meant the innovators would understand the needs of the KNH clinicians and biomedical teams.
End-user buy-in and sense of ownership of the MNCH intervention.Evidenced through positive perceptions of end users at KNH in the value of the Maker Hub in mitigating the equipment gap at KNH and their willingness to recommend the hub idea as a solution to solving other similar challenges in the health and technology sector.
Ownership of the Maker pilot and its outcomes.Evidenced through perceived/expressed stake of end users at KNH in the success of the Maker, in the value of the hub at solving other similar challenges in the health and technology sector, and in thoughts on the long-term sustainability of the hub.
Demonstrate an increased pace of uptake within the Maker.Uptake seen in the acceptance of end users at KNH of the equipment when prototyped and clinically tested (pace of uptake over time, sustained change over time) and hub members’ acceptance of the concept of the Maker Hub and their interest and stake in keeping it sustainable.
  • KNH, Kenyatta National Hospital; MNCH, maternal, newborn and child health; UoN, University of Nairobi.