Records for Life

Live Well Collaborative, Spring 2013
Design Team: Wanting Luo and Rachel Lee

Records for Life is an initiative sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, seeking submissions for re-designs of child immunization health records. The contest, which was opened to all agencies, non-profits and individuals, received ideas from over 300 teams from over 41 countries. LWC’s Road to Health prototype placed as a top 40 semi-finalist, all of which were evaluated and tested by a panel of design and immunization specialists.

The Road to Health concept is unique because it serves as a critical piece of medical information for health workers and mothers in Tanzania. The new design presents the child’s health and vaccination status through a more efficient and easy-to-use booklet. Research included systemic literature reviews, benchmarking of current records, and interviews with health experts. A waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper was used for the final prototype to ensure the record was durable and kept safe.

Bali is born on June 12, 2013.

Bali is born on June 12, 2013.

Health worker fills out Bali's general information.

Health worker fills out Bali's general information.

Bali is given three immunization vaccinations at birth.

Bali is given three immunization vaccinations at birth.

Health worker checks the three immunization vaccinations that have been given. 

Health worker checks the three immunization vaccinations that have been given. 

Health worker records date of next visit. 

Health worker records date of next visit. 

She marks the dates for future visits on each month of the calendar for mother Dafina

She marks the dates for future visits on each month of the calendar for mother Dafina

Volunteer records Bali's weight on the weight chart and records reasons for special care.

Volunteer records Bali's weight on the weight chart and records reasons for special care.

Dafina uses the health record as a calendar to keep track of next immunization date and other important dates.

Dafina uses the health record as a calendar to keep track of next immunization date and other important dates.

Volunteer explains principles of breastfeeding and appropriate food for Dafina using the nutrition guide.

Volunteer explains principles of breastfeeding and appropriate food for Dafina using the nutrition guide.

Dafina brings the health record with her to the next visit. 

Dafina brings the health record with her to the next visit. 

The health record is handed to Dafina to take back home.  

The health record is handed to Dafina to take back home.
 

Fifteen months later all vaccination boxes are marked 'completed' to show that Bali has finished all of his needed vaccinations.

Fifteen months later all vaccination boxes are marked 'completed' to show that Bali has finished all of his needed vaccinations.