Making Vision Visual

Thursday July 6th 2017

Currently, we are in the third phase of the Yedea project, which is analyzing the data we have collected from the hospital, and using the Design Thinking approach to understand what Telemedicine in Koforidua should look like by collaborating with Ghanaian students.


After working with the Ghanaian students today, we went to the market to buy some fabric for stitching an outfit. Morgan and Ted, who are from the United States were so excited for this experience. At the fabric store, there are attendants to help you in choosing the fabric you want. After the fabric is chosen, they cut it into the yards that you need to make an outfit, if you don’t intend on buying the whole fabric. It was a remarkable experience to just be in a store full of colorful fabrics and prints.  The fabric store was close to the local market. There were lots of people around the area; including, but not limited to hawkers, drivers, buyers and others. The place was very busy with everyone going about their business.

In the beginning of the week, Professor Cleckley paired us with the Ghanaian students. My Ghanaian partner is Emmanuel. Ted is paired with Ben, Grace is paired with Sarkodie, Emmanuel (Abebrese) is paired with Aboagye, and Morgan is matched with both Clement and Joseph.

For the past few days, we have been working on a Design Brief for our telemedicine idea. We all came up with our goal, thesis, mission and vision statements. We also worked on our empathy map using the data we have collected from the hospital. Today, we worked on our audience map for our telemedicine idea, and started working on our briefs using PowerPoint. Professor Cleckley is really incredible, he categorically broke down the Design Thinking approach and gave us a layout of the how contents of the brief should look like. His way of teaching the approach makes it easy to understand and easy to follow for us, and the Ghanaian students.

During today’s session, I observed that the Ghanaian students were a great source of information; as most of them just graduated from nursing school. Moreover, with them living in Ghana, they provided great insight about how to go about some of the things concerning the project. For example, Joseph asked a great question during our discussion session. He said, “How about the physically challenged people, how is our approach to telemedicine going to benefit that population?” His question raised awareness on these people, and how they can be tied into our approach on telemedicine to ensure that they also benefit from it. In addition, they provided great suggestions, which we, the American students, overlooked due to the fact that we don’t live here in Koforidua.

Collaborating with the Ghanaian students have been very helpful, informative and educational for us American students, and I hope with all of us working together, we can come up with a remarkable plan. What we plan to do next is to complete our briefs, and pitch our idea to people for feedback.

-Vida Sarpong



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