In November 2017, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and United States Agency for International Development’s Center for Innovation and Impact (USAID CII) convened a group of donors, experts, implementers, and designers at HCDUncut. The purpose of HCDUncut was to share opportunities and challenges related to the successful application of design in global health and to co-create a vision for the future. This convening was the first step in growing a community of practice committed to effectively and appropriately mainstreaming design across global health. From there, a broad set of advisors collaborated to build the resources available on this website.
For the design community and global health practitioners, including funders and implementers, designforhealth.org hopes to provide resources and guidance that increase the understanding, appropriate use, and value of design as a complementary approach to addressing the challenges we all encounter in our work. It seeks to clarify how design can integrate into global health programming, to attract the best talent, and to support their engagement in global health. It strives to listen to the people we seek to impact and include them as participants in the design and implementation of holistic and measurable global health interventions.