GEMS-Bangladesh completes first field visit

Interdisciplinary Innovations for Newborn Survival 

In late 2014, the first three Global Established Multidisciplinary Sites or GEMS were launched, solidifying the Center's commitment to interdisciplinarity among both faculty and students at Johns Hopkins University. The GEMS team in Bangladesh aims to develop neonatal innovations for survival and is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Engineering. 

Meet the FacultyTeam

                             

Dr. Labrique                   Dr. Yazdi                      Dr. Acharya                  Dr. Farzin
Public Health                 Engineering                 Engineering                  Medicine

The team first met in January 2015 with the Center for Global Health to understand the scope of the project and to discuss the breadth of possible collaborations. Out of this meeting began the association with the School of Engineering's Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID). 

Throughout the winter, the team began work on a dedicated outreach and fundraising campaign to generate funds and attention for the project. The students from Public Health, Medicine, and Engineering met at the CBID studio to discuss their design hypotheses and share information and methods. The knowledge exchange between the students has fostered greater interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and innovation with CBID members contributing knowledge about design methodologies, MPH students sharing frameworks for project planning and evaluation, and informatics students sharing methods for needs assessment and informatics tools for mHealth design. 

Two of the GEMS project's goals were to better understand the continuum of neonatal care and to develop a problem/solution library. 

Neonatal care does not exist in a vacuum, to be able to identify and develop an effective intervention; one must understand the complete continuum of care

Through engagement with stakeholders and immersive observational studies, the team has begun to better understand neonatal care, approaching problems and solutions through the three team lenses - medicine, public health, and engineering. 

The student team was set to spend Spring Break 2015 in Bangladesh but unfortunately, due to political unrest, only one team member was able to accompany the project's primary investigator, Dr. Labrique, on a field visit.

*Photo taken by Neha Goel during field visit*

Team member Neha Goel accompanied Dr. Labrique to set up collaborations and lay the groundwork for this summer's work. Meetings were conducted with key university and industry partners to maximize collaboration and knowledge sharing with local students. 

Meet the Student Team

Neha Goel Naveed Pasha Emerson Song Ahmed Abdelbasit
Allie Sibole Jackie Wanjala Melody Tan Wes Bernier
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