Nurses worldwide can understand other nurses – their accomplishments, goals and challenges. I find this ability to ‘see’ nursing worldwide very gratifying.

Claudia Bartz is a nurse in the US, and she accepted to share what convinced her to be a nurse and why?
What convinced me? I remember telling my 3rd or 4th grade teacher that I was going to be either a teacher or a nurse but I have no idea where that came from.

Then, between my first and second years at university, I decided that my first year in ‘general studies’  was not very interesting. So  I decided to change universities and apply to enter the baccalaureate nursing program as I began my second year.

This was during the Vietnam – US war so the Army was recruiting nurses and paying them while they were in school. I had no money really so the Army Student Nurse Program was a fortunate path for me as I began my third year at university.

From then on, I never wavered in my choice of profession. I have learned so much and met so many people in different environments during the decades since I graduated and I value all of it.


Why be a nurse? First, a successful nurse approaches health and the provision of healthcare in a holistic way. We try to see the whole person/family/community and we try to look beyond the immediate state of things. Second, a successful nurse has a wide variety of opportunities to work toward making a difference.

One can administer a system, manage a care delivery entity, be a researcher, be an educator, be an entrepreneur and so on. I only hope that I can contribute to continuing progress for nursing, health and the provision of healthcare. Claudia is the head of WeMentors at the Women Observatory for eHealth and provides tips for mentoring in eHealth.

Read here her interview conducted at Medetel in 2016.

Nurse education has been an excellent basic education, which gave many possibilities in my career. Maybe a saying ‘once a nurse always a nurse’ belongs to my life, telenursing is keen part of my life, and the world is open via networks.

Pirkko Kouri is Principal Lecturer at Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio, Eastern Finland and holds a PhD in Nursing Science. As Vice President of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, she accepted to be interviewed in 2016.

Read here her interview on the role of telemedicine and how important are the digital offers in terms of healthcare for nurses.

To become a midwife was truly a life changing event, as it is a concrete way in which you contribute to life, to a healthy future!

Franka Cadee is a midwife who developped the Twin2win, an innovative & sustainable method for empowering midwives, with a core value of reciprocity. The (t2t) project is designed to provide a support network that empowers and strengthens midwives, individually and organizationally. It is a program that builds the foundation necessary for strong and effective midwife organizations, and hence for accessible and quality midwifery care.

Recently she has defended her doctoral thesis on “Twinning, a promising dynamic process to strengthen the agency of midwives”

In 2019, she kindly accepted to contribute to the Special issue on Women in eHealth at the Journal of International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth with her Guest Editorial “Midwives and eHealth”. Read here her interview ” MIDWIFE FRANKA CADÉE ON HER PROJECT AND THE NEW APP” conducted at the Global Forum in 2016.

Nurses and Midwives authoring scientific articles.

Since 2015, nurses and midwives have published seven scientific guest editorials and articles at the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH).
For the WHO 2020 Year of Nurses and Midwives, we are happy and proud to share them again !


2015
Antenatal Exercise Program Using Motion-based Games: A Pilot Study Among Expectant Mothers in Selected Rural Areas in the Philippines Jenica Rivero, Michael Dino (Nurses) and all https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/113  

Women as Beneficiaries of Telemedicine and eHealth Services in Peru: Access and Use of ICT for Health Among Female Healthcare Workers in the Area of ePrevention Lady Murrugarra (Nurse) and all
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/111  


Original Research (not in the Theme Women in eHealth 2015)
A Framework For Person-centred Telehealth Research
Claudia Bartz (Nurse) https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/103  


2017
From VIH-TAVIE™ to TAVIE-WOMAN™: Development of a Web-Based Virtual Nursing
Intervention to Meet the Specific Needs of Women Living With HIV.
José Coté (Nurse) and all
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/192 


2018- 2019
Guest Editorial
Midwives and eHealth
Cadee F, (Midwife) ,Ali S. Guest Editorial, J Int Soc Telemed eHealth 2019;7:e21 1
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/1178/1611


Securing the Evidence and Theory-based Design of an Online Intervention Designed to Support Midwives in Work-related Psychological Distress

Sally Catherine Pezaro (Midwife)
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/488 
 
Childbearing Women’s Perception About the Use of mHealth for Maternal Health
Information in Rural Communities, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Titilayo Dorothy Odetola,(Nurse)
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/issue/view/13 


Also this article authored by international scientists that describes six eHealth projects conducted by midwives in eight countries in 2014 – 2016:
Adopting digital technology in midwifery practice – Experiences and perspectives from six projects in eight countries (2014 – 2016)
Lilia Perez-Chavolla, Véronique Inès Thouvenot, Doina Schimpf, Amélie Moritz
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/678
http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/uploads/3/9/5/1/39512321/jsfteh_article_2019.pdf  
All articles can be found in the three Special issues « Women in eHealth « here :
http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/journal-of-isfteh—wow.html

Nursing empowered me to help others deal with illness and improve their health

Rob Fraser is a registered nurse in Canada working in Toronto.He was interviewed in 2015 on  Nursing Today, How is the “digital” impacting the nursing profession? What are the values of online initiatives like Connecting Nurses? What does a career in nursing look like today? What is the future of nursing?
We are pleased to re-publish his interview within the WHO Year of Nurses and Midwives.

We are not giving up

” I choose to be a Nurse Midwife because it’s one profession that can continue to spark my innovative mind to deal with many aspects of patient care especially among women and children”

Chinomso Ibe is a Nurse/Midwife founder of Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH) in Nigeria and a Fellow of Maternal health Program with the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of public Health and Institute of International Education USA. She reports on recent activities :

Since 2014, Connecting Nurses, Sanofi and the Millennia2025 Foundation WeObservatory have recorgnised Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH) efforts on Maternal and Child Health, and we have continued to make great impacts in our rural communities supporting our pregnant women and babies survive during childbirth with the production and distribution of our Mom and Newborn Delivery Kits. We keep improving every day on our package and can’t wait to hit a Million distribution !

In 2019, we have started a Facebook live « Mama & Pikin Matter” a live series on Maternal and Child Health to engage our online communities and build there knowledge on how to reduce preventable pregnancy and child birth complications and death. Different topics on Maternal health are discussed every Sunday, having our audience ask questions and share real life childbirth scenarios. We were able to educate more than 20,000 community members. Dr Uche Anyanwagu and I anchored this program. We took a break and will continue with it soon.

We have also continued our rural community Safe Motherhood program’s and Ante-natal care programs teaching pregnant women and families in different local languages on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, Childbirth and beyond.  

Our work has gone viral inspiring so many other young people who have become and extension of our work in there rural communities. We have more volunteers across Nigerian rural communities who are truly a blessing to us , with full dedication to help reduce the Maternal mortality and morbidity rate in our country. We are really building Maternal health young champions, which is a continuation of the impact the Maternal health Task Force fellowship made in me. 

Right now in the Covid 19 pandemic, we are providing palliative support to pregnant women and breastfeeding mother’s across 5 states in Nigeria. Knowing the impact of lockdown on pregnant women, breastfeeding mother’s and there babies, we have so far distributed food to 200 women and there families, through our donors who remained anonymous.

We have new patners too Henderson Hill’s Baptist Church Edmond US who are supporting our Mom and Newborn Delivery Kits, we will share pictures when we complete there project. Also we have individuals who are supporting the distribution of the kits to there communties and we are thankful for that. 

As the pandemic affected the rural communities much , more women are giving birth at home more , but with our intervention we are providing as many birth supplies as possible to our women and also at the health centers.

I am also working as a Frontline at this point and using this opportunity to say a big thank you to my amazing team for all there hard work.

We are looking forward to more support to provide more Birth kits to our women as both the fear of being infected by the virus and no availability of Birth supplies have left them to give birth at home more.

We are not giving up, we will continue to save lives !

More here : https://traffinafoundationfch.org/blog/

http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/save-our-mothers.html

COVID-19, New developments from our  partners ,  projects  and team

COVID-19 has stimulated the creativity of our partners, projects and team, with innovative digital solutions to support the information of health professionals and citizens around the world :http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/covid-19.html
The new webapp EpidemiXs Coronavirus developped by Universal Doctor is available in Spanish and French
Weekly weblives provide the most recent updates in Spanish and soon in French :
https://academy.ikoustudio.com/live/.
They are also in hospitals providing healthcare to patients and we applause them everyday at 20:00 !

Nursing is having the motivation to want to learn to help, to study, to research. It is something emotional and rational at the same time

Lady Murrugarra is a Nurse Technician in Peru leading the ePrevencion program in San
Benito of Cajamarca to ensure that « Health for All » is a reality through the use of new
technologies.

By joining the WeObservatory in 2013 through Connecting Nurses, she conducted with her team a survey on the status of ICT access and health related use among healthcare workers from selected countries in Latin America and the Caribean region.
The results of the study are plublished in a scientific article at the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH), in the Women in eHealth special Theme 2015.
Lady participated to Medetel in Luxembourg in April 2014 and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2015.

We are proud to have her as vice-chair of the Global Network  of Women in Telemedicine
(WeTelemed) to make telemedicine accessible to all in Peru and around the world !
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Being a nurse and scientist is my childhood dream !

Michael Dino, Nurse Educator, Researcher and Innovator, Director for Research
Development and Innovation Center at the Our Lady of Fatima University in the Philippines.

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Since the 2013 Connecting Nurses Award,
Michael is featured at the Women Observatory for eHealth of the Foundation Millennia2025 as a key leader of its innovative projects on telehealth and elderly. Already presented in our Blog, he wants to « move towards a borderless society where global citizenship (caring for the world rather than caring only on your own) is becoming more prominent, we might be experiencing similar problems and challenges that require collaborative approach ».

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Michael is working on several projects related to Nursing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
These include humanoid robots research for healthy seniors (in partnership with Tokushima
University), VR and AR.
Read more here !

2020 Year of the Nurses and Midwives!

Nurses and Midwives are at the top of the scene in 2020, with the World Health Organization International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Since 2014, the Women Observatory for eHealth has selected innovative projects developed by Nurses and Midwives around the world. With new technologies, Nurses and Midwives connect to their patients with increased efficiency and quality of care.
Stay connected to the news of the Blog to know more details of their projects in the coming weeks!

Zero Mothers Die at BBC World 100 Women 2019!

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-50042279

 

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After the launch of Zero Mothers Die at the UNGA in September 2014, the mobile maternal health app of the Foundation Millennia20205 developed by Universal Doctor  has gained an impressive recognition by the designation of its co-founder, Véronique Thouvenot, by the BBC World 100 Women. After five years of intensive work with Jordi Serrano Pons, Coumba Touré, both co-founders, and Jeannine Lemaire, general coordinator, Zero Mothers Die is available free of charge in 8 languages for pregnant women and health professionals around the world.

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Help save women’s lives with Zero Mothers Die!

Articles published by the press in Chile (in Spanish)

El Dia: BBC Destacoa chilena en listade las 100 mujeres del ano

BioBio Chile : Científica oriunda de Concepción es destacada por BBC entre las 100 mujeres de 2019: Fue inesperado

La Tercera : ¿Quién es la científica chilena que está entre las 100 mujeres más destacadas del mundo por la BBC?

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New theme issue on Nurses and Midwives in Digital Health for the JISfTeH in 2020

To the chairs and members of the ISfTeH Working Groups
To the members of ISfTeH,

We have an opportunity to prepare a themed edition of the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH). The ISfTeH Working Group of Women  WoW) has prepared two of these special issues of the journal in 2015 and 2017, each including 4 to 7 papers, and their most recent one will be available shortly.

2015: http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/issue/view/10 (pdf: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/uploads/3/9/5/1/39512321/jsfteh_vol3.pdf)
2017: http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH (pdf: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/uploads/3/9/5/1/39512321/jsfteh2017.pdf)

The Journal is only available online and the editors are working diligently to establish its place among credible and referenced journals.
Our themed issue would be about telehealth nursing, of course. The editors are very determined to have papers that reflect “science” by which they mean well-done research with intent to produce substantive findings that will contribute to the evidence that drives health care delivery.
Next year, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. We are proposing to you and to the journal editors that we put together 4 to 6 publishable research papers in a Special Telehealth Nursing Edition of JISfTeH that would be available early in 2020 (January or February). The papers would all reflect some aspect of telehealth/telenursing. To begin this process, we are asking all of you to consider submitting an abstract that represents the essence of your publishable research paper. If you are hesitant to reveal all of your research work and findings in JISfTeH, you could consider using a part of your work for this paper. The abstract and paper should be in the traditional research format: introduction/problem addressed; research purpose, research question(s)/hypotheses, sample, setting, data collection methods, data analysis methods, results/findings, discussion, conclusions and recommendations.
All articles submitted must be authored by nurses or midwives, as principal author.
The language will be English.

 

Abstracts are accepted until 15 September 2019 to claudiabartz388[at]gmail.com or veronique.thouvenot[at]gmail.com

Submissions should be done before 30 November 2019
Submissions follow the JISfTeH guidelines:
http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

 

Contact info[at]isfteh.org, or claudiabartz388[at]gmail.com or veronique.thouvenot[at]gmail.com

 

 

Le numérique, une chance pour la santé durable ?

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C’est la question débattue cette année à l’Université eSanté avec les intervenants venus des 4 continents et plusieurs centaines de participants. L’organisation des soins, la couverture de soins universelle, les réglementations juridiques, l’utilisation des données de santé dans un monde numérique globalisé ont suscité des échanges interactifs. Cela a été aussi l’opportunité pour les deux groupes de travail de l’ISfTeH, Francophonie et Femmes (WoW) de se retrouver et de poursuivre les échanges commencés en Mars à Lisbonne lors de la conférence annuelle.

 

The Digital revolution, an opportunity for sustainable health?

This was the question debated at the eHealth University 2019 by the invited speakers from four continents and hundreds of participants. Healthcare organisation, universal health coverage, laws and regulations, use of data health, privacy of data were at the center of the discussions. It was also the opportunity for ISfTeH working groups on Francophonie and on Women (WoW) to pursue the dialogue initiated earlier in Lisbon.http://www.universite-esante.com/en/

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Philippe Delorme, WG Francophonie et Véronique Thouvenot ISfTeH WoW

 

Présentation de l Observatoire des Femmes et la eSante à l’AMCC.

C est à l’invitation de notre partenaire l’AMCC à leur Assemblée Générale annuelle, que nous nous sommes retrouvés à Paris pour des échanges constructifs autour des programmes de santé et éducation sur le cancer et les soins palliatifs.
Le déploiement des nouvelles technologies digitales en particulier sur le continent africain apportent des opportunités et perspectives innovantes.
La Fondation Millennia2025 a présenté les activités de l’Observatoire des Femmes et la eSanté menées avec nos partenaires l’UNFM, Connecting Nurses, Global Health Objectives (GHO) et Universal Doctor pour former en ligne les professionnels de la santé, contribuer à l’élimination du cancer cervical qui touche des milliers de femmes dans le monde et apporter un appui aux aidants en soins palliatifs avec l’application mobile mPalliative Care. Merci aux membres du Conseil d’Administration de l’AMCC et à leurs membres présents réunis ici sur les photos!

Les soins palliatifs pour tous et toutes au cœur du congrès de la SFAP & FISP !

L’accès aux soins palliatifs partout dans le monde et pour tous les patients et patientes a été au centre des présentations tout au long du congrès du 13 au 15 Juin 2019 à Paris. Loin d’être un luxe, les soins palliatifs d’adressent à tous et à tous les âges pour accompagner et soulager tout au long de la vie. Les nouvelles technologies permettent de se former en ligne et d’accompagner les aidants avec une solution mobile mPalliative Care développée par Universal Doctor et testée dans trois pays avec l’appui de l’OMS, présentée par le Dr Jordi Serrano Pons.

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Cela a été l’opportunité de rencontrer les représentantes de l’AMCC et du Forum Palliafrique, Elisabeth Dupont et Sabine Perrier-Bonnet pour avancer nos projets de collaboration futurs.

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