Clara Aranda-Jan

Research Assistant


Clara holds a bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico, and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge. She has previous experience working and researching in public health, sustainability and climate change fields. She worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization (Switzerland) and UNICEF Supply Division (Denmark) providing guidance on medical devices required for maternal, newborn and child health interventions (under the H4+ framework) and researched the impacts on health of the lack of electricity in rural healthcare facilities.


Before joining the IfM, she worked for the Institute of Public Health at Heidelberg University as a researcher assistant. Her research included analysis of factors for adequate implementation of mHealth projects in Africa, and the impacts of climate change on health (malnutrition). While in Heidelberg, she became a contributing author on the Human Health Chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGII).


Research Interests

  • Design and development of healthcare technologies and facilities for provision of care in developing countries
  • Sustainable development, climate change impacts on health, and planetary health

Current research

Under James Moultrie’s supervision, Clara joined the Design Management team to study the process of designing medical devices for low-resource settings and develop tools to support designers to develop contextualized and situated devices for that type of settings. She has bee working to development of a holistic contextual framework and she has been gathering from observations and stakeholder interviews in healthcare facilities in rural and urban Uganda, learning about relevant factors that define use and availability of devices. This information will be compiled and the framework will be tested in the form of a tool to support designers in the front-end design. During her PhD, she also spent six months as a visiting research at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) working with the O-Lab on a project to explore participation in design for social change (PartE).



  • Aranda-Jan, C, et al.  (2015) Putting medical devices in context: a systematic literature review of evidence on design targeting low-resource settings. International Journal of Design Engineering (Accepted for publication)
  • Aranda-Jan, C, et al. (2014). Systematic review on what works, what does not work and why of implementation of mobile health (mHealth) projects in Africa. BMC Public Health.2014, 14:188. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-188

Second author

  • Phalkey, R et al. (2015). Systematic review of current efforts to quantify the impacts of climate change on undernutrition. PNAS Plus. Download here.


Third author

  • Marx, S. et al. (2014). Geographic information analysis and web-based geoportals to explore malnutrition in Sub- Saharan Africa: A systematic review of approaches. BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1189. DOI:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1189 .


Collaboration on

  • WHO (2012), “Local Production and Technology Transfer to Increase Access to Medical Devices Addressing the barriers and challenges in low- and middle-income countries”. World Health Organization: Geneva.

Contributing author

  • Smith, K.R., et. al. (2014) Human health: impacts, adaptation, and co-benefits. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectorial Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Field, C.B., et al (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, pp. 709-754.

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