A day in the life of a Global Health Student | Day 3 Term 2

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It's been a while, I know.  I have been struggling to manage my time between creating quality blog posts and keeping up with my masters.  However, here is another 'day in the life' as they are informative posts and easier for me to do when I have not tried or tested any new products long enough for a fruitful review.

On this day, we are going to talk about Global Health Innovations.  The importance of 'frugal' innovations has been terribly undermined.  Regions with low-resource access or infrastructure do require such innovations in order to improve the quality of their life as well as kin.  All individuals reserve the right to quality and access to health care.  I loved this module very much and the importance it serves in society.

9:30am-11:00am: The first lecture of the day all about the different types of innovations such as business model, frugal, process, incremental, radical, disruptive, and more.  An 'innovation' does not have to be fresh from the lab or clinical testing.  It can be simple or build upon existing infrastructure, devices, or products.  I was always very naive and thought an innovation has to be a 'never-before-seen' item but didn't realise the word can extend to business models and infrastructure.

11:00am-11:30am: Break time!  I used this time to talk to my group to have a vague idea of what we wanted to do this afternoon during our allocated 'group work' study slot.  We decided to research and present the P+G Water purification powder as an architectural innovation which all of us found extremely fascinating and vital.

11:30am-1:00pm: Our second lecture stepped away from theory and looked at a framework called 'the innovation sandbox' (read more here) developed by C.K Prahalad.  It is incredible to think that this initially was applied to health care in India but can be extended to any product or service.  It provides the elements to creating an innovation and a method of analysing the impact of it on society in its given context.

1:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch time!  I ate with my group but we didn't end up discussing our work at all but instead were simply mingling.  It really helped that we got comfortable enough with each other to crack jokes and have a very informal environment.  It really helped break the ice and tension, reducing the stress and making the work feel less like work.

2:00pm-3:30pm: Now we started to work on our project and each person was assigned a separate topic or 'slide' to present and learn about in case we were asked questions about specific aspects of the product.  There was a LOT of laughter, jokes, and healthy debates.  Everyone came from diverse backgrounds which facilitated various insights and viewpoints regarding how and what should be presented.  We made our deck of slides, an appropriate Gif, and decided to bring in dirty water in order to aid in 'visual' aids.

4:00pm-5:30pm:  Arrived home safe and sound.  Whilst drinking another cup of coffee I started working on a mini write-up we were assigned.  We had to present an innovation of our choice in 1 minute which was literal madness.  It was exciting to see everyone's presentations.  Afterwards, we are to write up a 500 words in detail regarding the invention.

5:30pm-6:30pm: Still on that working out grind.  Decided to keep up the Kayla Itsines BBG today to keep up my fitness levels as I have, indeed, been slacking due to laziness and late nights working.

6:30pm-8:00pm:  I haven't done anything exciting bar shower and write up a blog post for MVP watches which you guys should indeed check out if you get the opportunity.  In addition, I had dinner with my mom as per usual over some Michael McIntyre comedy because laughter is the best medicine.

8:00pm-11:00pm:  Back on the grind.  Not gonna lie, I flipped between a few youtube videos (binge watching Oswald the Octopus because why not) and work.  As I've had too much innovation for one day I decided to work on Health Economics and draw up notes so come revision and exam time, I will be in a better position and do not have to frantically gather information.

11:00pm-12:00am: Decided to rehearse my presentation for the following week regarding global health innovations so I have a vague idea in what I am meant to say and my timing before going to bed.  The biggest issue with group work is that you are holding up the standard of other members so undoubtedly you are going to put more effort into whatever you produce.



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