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What’s Next in Design for Global Health? How Design and Global Health Must Adapt for a Preferable Future

Krista Donaldson May 14, 2021

A panel discussion  with:

Ayush Chauhan  of QuickSand, India

Ana Santos  of Thinkplace, Kenya

Michael Ngigi of PATH, Thinkplace, Kenya

Krista Donaldson, PhD, Equalize Health CEO,  USA

Tracy Johnson, Bill &  Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior Program Officer USA

COVID-19 simultaneously exposed and exacerbated global health disparities.  Join us for a conversation that will highlight lessons from the last 15 months and how can design and adapt for a healthy future. Discussion topics will include:

  • Design for Global Health is an emerging field of diverse histories and areas of misalignment in creating equity and ensuring inclusion.
  • The COVID pandemic and challenges to scaling sustainable solutions have highlighted the need to evolve the practices of both global health and design; for example, recognizing the interdependence between planetary and human health and refocusing our efforts on the health seeker than merely on the systems and technologies for health provision.
  • It is possible to better align incentives and strategies to improve the effectiveness of global health efforts. To do so, will require shifts in mindset and practice in both global health and design.
  • For a preferable future, in which there is greater coordination and improved health outcomes even in emergencies, the global health sector must evolve to an inherent focus on the health of individuals over healthcare. Design practice too must evolve itself towards new paradigms of life-centered design and speculative design.



Meta Themes

  • Sustainable Development


Health, Innovation, Cross Sector Collaboration,

Purpose and Desired Outcome

To identify cross-sector collaboration opportunities to accelerate closing the gap on health disparities


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameKrista Donaldson
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationEqualize Health
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTracy Johnson
  • TitleSenior Program Officer
  • OrganizationBill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • StatusInvited
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