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Centre for Knowledge Studies launches ‘BIL’ to open new Gates of hope

25 April 2012

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A coalition of private and public players in India launch an initiative designed to alter the face of social welfare around the country, starting with its most backward state, Bihar.

The Centre for Knowledge Societies (CKS), the Bihar state government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have jointly launched the Bihar Innovation Lab (BIL), a unique initiative that aims to use innovative design ideas to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare services across the state.

CKS is an innovation major that opens new possibilities to product and service companies. In the months to come, BIL will create a design environment that promotes new products and supports superior delivery of health services.

Inaugurating the novel initiative, Health Care Secretary, Sanjay Kumar said, "Over the last two years through the Gates Foundation, we have done some exceptional work with the Centre for Knowledge Societies in the healthcare sector resulting in programmes like '34 Ways of Saving Lives in Bihar' and the Integrated Vaccine Services Delivery Kit. To leverage the impact of continuous innovation on the quality of healthcare services, we came up with the concept of the Bihar Innovation Lab. We want Bihar to set a benchmark for other states with this collaborative model for public interest and development."

Aditya Dev Sood of CKS who masterminded BIL said, "The Bihar Innovation Lab is an attempt to use the expertise of the private sector in making the Government smarter and more capable of identifying and solving problems on its own. This Lab will focus not on fundamental science and technology research but rather use ethnography, design thinking, and user experience modelling to create new and more effective ways of delivering services."


Source : OneWorld

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