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MSc. Medical Device Design Graduate
Coming from a scientific background (BSc. (Hons) Human Health and Disease), I aim to fuse my analytical studies of the human body with human-centered design skills that I learnt and developed during the course of the MSc. Medical Device Design.
With my background in biomedical science and and a social commitment to improving the lives of women, this MHM research is an attempt to utilize my skillset to design for the common good.
Hi Ashley! I conducted this research myself, as part of my final thesis project. However, I linked in with an NGO based in Ireland and conducted interviews with as many people involved with MHM as I could. It was difficult, because I'm based in Ireland, I couldn't directly interact or speak with the end users so I had to do long-distance research. The main question that was continuously sparked for me was; "What would the end user (ie: the Maasai girl) say/feel about all this?". I spoke with many women and mentors who represented these girls but I'm still curious to find out the insights of the Maasai girl. Additional questions included; what do these girls know about their bodies? Is government policy and free sanitary pad distribution a statement or a reality? Do these girls want certain sanitary brands? Is challenging male empathy and understanding the way forward? Do girls who have undergone FGM need specific sanitary solutions? Are personal devices such as mobile phones a way to gain bodily autonomy and education? Ashley Tillman